On October 26, the Ghana Diaspora Women Organisation (GDW) was officially launched in London with Oheneyere Gifty Anti as the Keynote Speaker, Mrs Rita Tani Iddi, Deputy Ghana High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, Mrs Cynthia Appiagyei of Trinity Baptist Church and Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE amongst many other dynamic speakers gracing the occasion.
Founded in June 2019 by Mrs Marie Amoakwa-Boadu, GDW is a registered Non-Profit organisation headquartered in the UK with 5 other chapters around the world including Italy, USA, Hungary, Ghana, and Canada.
Ghana Diaspora Women Organisation (GDW) is a global non-partisan organisation that seeks to empower women and girls both in the diaspora and Ghana to develop more of a keen interest in participating in decision-making and governance processes. GDW is focused to do research on women’s experiences in policy making in Ghana and how through advocacy and outreach we can inspire many more who will develop an interest and the confidence to aspire to go into Parliament.
This we believe will create an opportunity to generate government commitment, partnership and networks in fulfilling policies that will promote the affairs, interests and rights of all Ghanaian Women and girls particularly that of the underprivileged in our society. Education and empowerment of women and girls is pivotal and will further enhance sustainable development in our communities.
Marie Amoakwa-Boadu commented: “Our commitment as an organisation is to reach as many women and girls as we can both home and abroad to shift the paradigm and increase female presence in policy making. We seek to achieve this through amplifying the voices of women as agents of change so that we can keep the conversation alive and ongoing.”
In order to be more effective and efficient GDW have structured the organisation on a three-thronged approach, where the main focus areas will provide women and girls, who come in to serve Ghana the opportunity to function effectively based on their areas of preference.
“We have the Voice Up Platform, for women who are particularly interested in policy and decision-making, activism and to keep the ongoing conversation on gender equity and equality going strong. Additionally, there is emphasis on our corporate social responsibility activities, where we are committed to petitioning to eliminate Schools Under Trees however, we want to be a part of the process to solving the problems as such we have embarked on a journey to do so. Our aim is to build decent structures for the children to learn so that as well educators amongst us can contribute through their expertise effectively to make a tangible impact in the lives of the children and adults who support them”, Marie Amoakwa-Boadu, adds.
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