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Maranatha 18th March marks the International Women’s Day; a significant milestone in celebrating the successes chalked by vibrant women across the globe sequel to the Beijin Conference in 1995. Giant strides have been made after  the Beijin Conference as women stakeholders across the world have championed women empowerment and gender parity at all levels of endeavour.

We at ExLA Group Gender Programme (EGGP) celebrate the enormous efforts and achievement of various stakeholders in the lead to attain gender equality by 2030 as spearheaded by UN Women, its affiliates agencies and other women led groups and initiatives of which the EGGP is no exception.

As the world at large remarked the day, we would like to take stalk of the journey so far with regards to women empowerment especially on the African continent. In the wake of the UN Women’s clarion call for “Planet 50:50”- Gender equity for all, we ask: WHAT HAS BEEN THE STAKE OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AND DECISION MAKING ??. We want to remind ourselves of the huge task that lies ahead of us as a continent as we strive to attain the global target of equitable representation of men and women in equal proportion at all levels of human endeavour by year 2030.

We want to emphasise that, the call for gender equity and equitable representation is more eminent now than ever. The World Bank Population Data sheet (2015) records that, women make up about 49.76% of the world’s population. In the case of Africa, most countries have women outweighing men in numbers with an avearage of about 51%. It is sad to know that, this does not translate into a fair and appreciative levels in terms of women representation especially at the top hierarchy of leadership and engaged in critical decision making.

In the case of Ghana and several other African countries, women make up to 51.3% of our population but its appalling to note that representation  of women in the Legislature is only about 11%, this reflects in women representation and roles in critical decision making at the executive level. It should also be noted that women form only 3% in decision making which makes global target for a Planet 50:50 far from reach.

Notwithstanding, we appreciate and recommend for emulation by some African countries, the pace set by countries like Senegal, Rwanda, Liberia and Tanzania who are making conscious efforts to engage women in leadership, key decision and policy making platforms. For instance, Senegal’s “Gender Parity Law, 2010” which mandates all political parties to present 50% women for election in the legislative arm of government has contributed in achieving 50% representation of women in parliament. We recommend that such pragmatic steps should be replicated in other African countries to demonstrate our commitment to Planet 50:50 agenda by 2030.

We want to further reiterate that, in our bid to increase the tally of women representation at various levels of human engagement, we must be cautious not to put ‘square pegs in round holes’ as we at EGGP always advocate for most qualified and competent women to occupy top hierarchy positions. We do not dignify mediocrity and sycophancy depicted by some few women who have failed miserably when occupying very influential positions as records will have it.

We can attest to the fact that, qualified women when given serious leadership roles, deliver effectively and it is about time women are given such opportunities to contribute their quota to the development of the country and the continent as a whole.

We want to remind all stakeholders that, further deliberations on this issue will be addressed at the ExLA Group Gender Programme’s  upcoming Young African Women Congress (YAWC) scheduled for 4th – 8th July, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.

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Insights Into Future Healthcare Trends

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It’s impossible to deny that the world of medicine is evolving. Numerous new developments have revolutionized the healthcare industry, making diagnoses and treatments increasingly accurate and effective. If people from a century ago were to observe some of today’s treatments and surgical procedures, they might view them as witchcraft or perhaps brutality in some cases. In reality, patients across the globe are benefiting from changes in medicine, patient care strategies, and other fields of the healthcare sector. 

Looking at Future Health Care Trends

While an array of changes have come into play over the years, many more are sure to take shape. Several innovative health care solutions are set to transform the way patients are taken care of in the years to come. Some apply to surgical techniques and treatment methods whereas others impact the way medical records are kept. They all come together to improve the lives of patients and the jobs of healthcare professionals. Take a look at some of the most significant and interesting developments arising in the medical field. 

Gene Therapy

Gene therapy is a fascinating aspect of medicine. In the past, it was more of an element of science fiction than actual practice. After all, who would’ve imagined humanity could actually manipulate something as complex as genomes and bend them to its will. At this point, though, gene therapy is rapidly becoming a reality.

Scientists are working to replace disease-causing genes with healthy ones. They’re creating ways to deactivate genes that aren’t functioning the way they should. While gene therapy is still in the developmental stages, a few treatments have already been approved for use. 

Nanotechnology

Another incredible development in the healthcare industry is nanotechnology. Again, this is a futuristic concept that many people thought would never become a reality. Although robotic technology has been part of the medical field for some time, it’s currently being taken to entirely new levels.

In nanotechnology, microscopic robots, also known as nanites and nanomites, are used in a variety of ways for treatments. They’re introduced into the body to deliver medicines and assist with medical imaging and other tasks. They can even work in tandem with gene therapies. As is the case with gene therapy, nanotechnology is still in its infantile stages. Still, it’s expected to gain steam moving forward.

Advanced Medical Software Platforms

Recordkeeping, billing, and other aspects of health care went digital some time ago. Of course, even that field continues to grow and advance. Medical software platforms are becoming more complex at this point. In doing so, they’re bridging many of the problematic gaps that once existed between different divisions of the patient care arena. Software is also branching out into predictive analytics and other sectors that can improve patient care while reducing the workload on medical professionals.

Taking Medicine into the Future

Those are some of the headline-making developments currently affecting the healthcare field. Some people have quite a few misgivings about genetic manipulation and using microscopic robots in medical treatments. Others are excited about those prospects as well as the potential they hold. Regardless, they’re making their way into health care and are sure to become more prominent in the future.

Software is also playing an important role here as it’s fostering everything from compiling patients’ records to assisting with the development of new medical techniques. Before long, nanites may commonly be repairing patients’ injuries and curing diseases from the inside out. Physicians may be able to stop a long list of illnesses before they arise with gene therapy. The possibilities here seem virtually endless. 

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The Role of Office Furniture to Boost Workplace Productivity

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According to a few recent studies, workers have become less productive than they once were. This is a major concern among employers, as productivity in the workplace directly affects businesses in many ways. Those include spending, profits, progression, and customer satisfaction, to name a few. Companies are taking numerous measures to reverse the current trend and increase workplace productivity. In the process, many are overlooking one of the most effective and affordable solutions. 

Exploring the Role of Office Furniture in Productivity

Research indicates that office furniture can actually improve workplace productivity levels. It’s a seemingly simple detail that few employers would factor into the productivity equation. That’s the main reason so many employers overlook it. In truth, taking advantage of a selection of new office furniture can greatly affect employee productivity in several ways. That makes furniture one of the most important and cost-effective ways to enhance workers’ performance.

Increased Comfort

Comfort is a major factor in employee productivity. Many businesses fear that allowing their employees to get too comfortable at work may make them less productive. After all, no one wants their workers snuggling in and falling asleep on the job. In reality, increasing employee comfort levels can have the opposite impact.

Comfortable office furniture can reduce tension, muscle aches, lower back pain, and many other issues workers face. Aches and pains that stem from uncomfortable office furniture can affect workers’ mental and physical health. Better furniture may help mitigate those issues. Office furniture is available that combines comfort and ergonomics while also being attractive and affordable.

Improved Employee Morale

Furniture can also provide a helpful boost of morale in the workplace. Providing a new range of updated, appealing furniture may make employees feel more appreciated. Besides, getting new furniture generates a great deal of personal satisfaction.

Think about the effects of getting new furniture at home. It’s an exciting occasion that creates a sense of happiness and fulfillment. People spend a considerable portion of their time at work, and new office furniture can bring that same sensation into the office.

Enhanced Efficiency

Having the right office furniture in place may lead to enhanced efficiency as well. It’s no secret that the layout of a workspace can either boost or detract from efficiency. In addition, having a workspace that’s set up in a way that promotes efficiency can bolster productivity. It saves time by reducing the need to search for paperwork or requiring moving from one place to another.

Furthermore, an efficient setup allows employees to focus more of their time and attention on work. That, in turn, can reduce human error, distractions, and other common problems. It also helps to keep employees’ creative juices flowing more smoothly, which serves to increase productivity. Creativity likewise improves employee performance in other ways, further highlighting the benefits of high-quality office furniture.

Creating a More Productive Workplace

Office furniture is often a secondary consideration for businesses. It should be a primary concern, though. With the right furniture, it’s possible to boost productivity in several ways. Those include making employees more comfortable, improving their morale, and creating more efficient workspaces. Office furniture needs to be cost effective while creating a sense of consistency and professionalism. Still, businesses don’t have to sacrifice employee comfort, efficiency, and workplace morale for the aesthetic aspects. 

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The Ultimate Guide To Transport Your Car To Another State

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Relocating to another state is not as simple as moving to a different town or locality. Several factors are involved in the process that requires professional assistance throughout the shipment. If this is your first time transporting your vehicle to another state and you are not familiar with the process, this article is for you. 

 

Popularly, people prefer two methods to ship a car to another state – self-driving and auto shipping services. Some people prefer self-driving to save money and enjoy the driving experience during the journey. While others prefer shipping services to enjoy a hassle-free shipping experience. However, compared to other options like air and rail transportation, road transport methods might consume a lot of time and effort. Choosing the right method depends on your requirements, budget, and other preferences. 

 

So, without wasting any time further, here are some popular ways to ship a car from one state to another. 

 

  1. Self-driving methods 

 

Contrary to popular belief, self-driving is a costly and life-threatening transportation method. Driving long hours can cause body fatigue, dizziness, and other related problems. Additionally, you can only transport one car at a time, especially if you are the only driver in your family. On average, it can even cost you more than what you will pay to a shipping company. Hence, it is advisable to avoid driving long distances and seek help from experts.

 

  1. Car Shipping company 

 

Car shipping services are the most feasible and convenient way of transporting a car from one state to another. You get various shipping options to choose from, such as road shipment, rail transport, and air transportation. Air transportation is the most expensive and less-time consuming shipping option. If money is not your primary concern, air transportation is best  for you. 

 

For a more feasible and cost-effective shipping experience, you can opt for road shipping services. In road shipping services, you get two popular options – open and enclosed auto transport. In open car shipping services, your car is shipped along with other vehicles in an open trailer (with no sides). Your car will be exposed to different road elements and climate conditions, similar to driving your car on the road. It is one of the most affordable, convenient, and readily available shipping options. 

 

Enclosed auto shipping services offer complete protection for your vehicle from outdoor elements, climate conditions, theft, road accidents, and more. Enclosed auto transport is costlier than other options, and it is perfect to transport luxury and limited edition vehicles. Consider your budget and other requirements before opting for any shipping option. 

 

Advantages of shipping services 

 

  1. Cost-effective 

 

When self-driving, you might have to pay separately for each expense. On average, all these expenses might cost you more than what you will pay to the shipping companies. Whereas shipping companies charge a fixed amount (that doesn’t fluctuate) considering several factors involved in the process. 

 

  1. Time-saving 

 

Shipping companies use advanced tools and are aware of the fastest routes to complete a shipping delivery in the required time frame. Additionally, they are known for hiring qualified and experienced drivers trained to drive trucks/trailers for long hours.  

 

  1. Faster shipping process 

 

Generally, shipping companies can take two weeks or fourteen working days to deliver vehicles across the nation or specific states. For a faster delivery experience, you can opt for expedited delivery services by paying additional costs to the shipping company. In the expedited delivery method, your car is delivered faster. 

 

Some shipping companies also look after the paperwork required for interstate shipping services. Submit all your documents properly and avoid submitting incomplete or incorrect information to avoid delays or rejection of your shipping services.



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Kobina Ansah Premieres ‘Once Upon A Riddle’ And Four Other Plays Online This February And March

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Ghanaian playwright, Kobina Ansah, is blazing the trail this year by making his content more accessible to the public. He is set to livestream five of his best plays this February and March to theatre lovers in Ghana and around the globe.

Every Saturday and Sunday in February and the first weekend of March, Scribe Productions’ plays will be livestreamed on www.scribeproductions.com. The plays set to be premiered include This Family Is Not For Sale (Season 1), The Boy Called A Girl, I Want To Sue God!, Once Upon A Riddle and Emergency Wedding.

Kobina Ansah and his Scribe Productions team have staged their productions since 2015. The playwright is noted for his mind-blowing plays which have touched on several social issues and brought to light many ills of society. In all, he has eight original plays to his credit.

“This special livestream edition promises to be an experience of a lifetime,” said an excited Kobina Ansah.

All five plays will be livestreamed at 3pm and 7pm each day. Patrons can grab their tickets via www.scribeproductions.com.

Source: Scribe News

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Zeepay expands into Zambia

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The Central Bank of Zambia has granted Zeepay Zambia approval to operate a revolutionary new remittance outbound service directly from its Zeepay Mobile Money Wallet. This groundbreaking service will empower Zambians to easily and securely transfer money directly from their mobile money wallets to over 150 countries around the world.

This innovative service is the first of its kind for mobile money in the world, and is made possible through a strategic partnership with MoneyGram International.

With operations in over 25 countries globally, including countries in Europe, the Caribbean, North America, and Africa, Zeepay is the largest cross-border payment platform with collection capabilities across over 20 countries.

“We are thrilled to make it possible for Zambians to send money abroad via mobile money to over 150 countries in a real-time manner,” said Andrew Takyi-Appiah, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Zeepay. “Our partnership with MoneyGram is helping to make Africa borderless day by day, and we are excited to be at the forefront of this revolutionary change.”

About Zeepay

Zeepay is the fastest growing mobile financial services  company across Africa with operations in Ghana and the United Kingdom and terminating to 20 countries across Africa with termination agreements in over 90 jurisdictions globally. We specialize in remittance termination into mobile wallets and are completely network and partner agnostic.

We are a wholly owned Ghanaian company and regulated in the UK by Financial Conduct Authority-FCA # 592538 and in Ghana by Bank of Ghana- #00001. Zeepay supports Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 and is considered a Financial Inclusion Company positioned to improve last mile access. Visit myzeepay.com for more information.

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2023 Responsible Business and Leadership Excellence (RBLE) Summit and Awards launched

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The second edition of Responsible Business and Leadership Awards (RBLEA) has been launched with nominations open to businesses and individuals across different sectors from finance, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, civil society, among others.

The awards ceremony aims to encourage responsible business leadership and honor individuals and institutions for their dedication and accomplishments in support responsibility and sustainability. Submission of entries starts on Friday, 27 January 27, 2023, and ends on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

To facilitate ongoing capacity development, a two-day summit on responsible business practices and leadership has been integrated into this year’s event. The event will feature a blend of panel discussions, presentations by key leaders, hands-on, interactive lectures and will cover key sectors including telecom, banking, finance, extractive, regulatory etc.

Speakers from some of the biggest businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are being lined up to discuss pertinent issues that can help businesses become more responsible and sustainable.

The summit and awards ceremony are organized by Ion Africa Business, Ianmatsun Global Services and CSR Training Institute. The events are under the theme ‘Responsible Business: The Sustainable Path to profitability’.

The two-day summit is scheduled for Wednesday to Thursday, April 26-27, 2023 from 9am to 4pm each day at Alisa Hotel, Ridge-Accra.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2023, from 6pm to 10pm at Movenpick Ambassador Hote, Accra.

The summit

Professor Wayne Dunn, President of the CSR Training Institute and former Professor of Sustainability at McGill, stated that responsible business is the only smart way to do business today, emphasizing that businesses who do not practice socially and environmentally responsible business would face rising challenges and increasing risks. “The businesses participating in the Responsible Business Awards and Summit are leaders, positioning themselves and their employees for long-term sustainable success. The path to profitability passes directly through responsible business practices, SDG impact and, sustainability,” he said.

He reiterated that “There are no shortcuts, and forward-thinking leaders are constantly equipping their team and business to navigate this new path, driving business returns, social impact and environmental stewardship.”  Those that don’t face increasing risks and challenges.

Managing Director of Ianmatsun Global Services, Isaac Adu-Gyamfi, indicated that the purpose of the summit is to bring together a mix of Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) companies and individuals, along with civil society and regulators together to understand and address the tough challenges and map a sustainable future of the industry in a responsible manner.

“Companies must juggle the realities of driving short-term successes and profits whilst delivering strategies and investments that will ensure action on sustainability accelerates, securing the long-term survival of the business.

Sustainability and profitability may seem challenging to balance in business, but ESG efforts often translate into improved employee morale and healthier bottom lines. But successfully doing well by doing good means sharing a well-communicated plan with the entire company. If you need to start incorporating sustainable and responsible business practices; Responsible Business and Leadership Excellence Summit is the place to be,” he said.

Criteria for the awards

Mr. Adu-Gyamfi said the criteria for shortlisting nominees would be based on some key performance indicators (KPIs) and a survey by the Market and Consumer Insight, a research company that would handle the technical aspects of the awards. He further disclosed that an awarding board made up of professionals with the necessary training and expertise will verify and approve these selected applicants.

Award categories

The awards have been divided into three main categories, including the Initiative Awards, the Industry Awards and the Individual Awards.

Awards from these three categories include the Responsible Mining & Exploration Company of the Year, Road Safety Project of the Year, Responsible Healthcare Initiative of the Year, Women Empowerment Initiative of the Year, Environmental Responsibility Initiatives of the Year, Responsible and Purpose Driven Communication Award, Responsible Digital Innovation Award, Responsible Think Tank of the Year, Responsible Social Enterprise of the Year, Promising Responsible Business of the Year, Responsible Social leader of the Year, Responsibility & Positive Attitude(Reserved for Students), and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ethical Leadership & Corporate Governance.

Others are the Responsible Business with best CSR & Sustainability Practices Award, Company with Best Integrated Report, Responsible Business Leadership Award, Circular Economy Leadership Award, Social Impact Champion, SDG Pioneer of the Year, Responsible Employer of the Year, Diversity Champion of the Year, ESG Champion of the Year, Purpose Before Profit Award, Responsible Product & Service innovation Award, Responsible SME of the Year and Circular Economy & Waste to Fuel Award.

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