ABANTU Organises Workshop For Journalists On A Film Dubbed: “When Women Speak”

ABANTU for Development, a Non – Governmental Organization (NGO) working on gender and policy issues has organized a one-day workshop for female journalists in Accra on a documentary Film dubbed : “When Women Speak”.

The 100-minute documentary, which was produced by Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo of the University of Ghana and Professor Kate Skinner of the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, was directed by Ms. Aseye Tamaklo, a Ph.D. student of  African Studies, and is intended to be used as a historical film to correct misrepresentation and guide practice regarding gender activism in Ghana.

According to Dr. Rose Mensah – Kutin, Executive Director of ABANTU, the main aim of the workshop was to bring journalists on board to sensitize the general public, most importantly women on the importance of gender struggle and also how the film could be made accessible to the targeted audience.

She pointed out that the content of the historic film will help women to understand the need to support each other through gender struggles.

She charged young women who are in emerging gender activist groups to respect the already existing institutions working on gender struggles, adding that most of the elements of the struggle for gender equity have been addressed already, but there was the need to concentrate on the yet-to-be-achieved ones.

She, therefore, called on these young gender activism groups to join hands with the already existing ones to achieve the common goal.

The workshop sought to look into 5 main thematic areas identified in the film, which included; Widowhood – intestate succession and legal aid for women, Violence against women, and young girls, Women in Media, Affirmative action as well as Communication between older and younger women activists.

The film featured gallant Ghanaian women such as the former First Lady of the republic, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Prof. Florence Dolphyn, Former Pro – Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Prof. Hilary Gbedemah, Prof. Emerita Takyiwa Manuh Dr. Rose Mensah – Kutin.

Mrs. Akua Kweyehiah, Madam Elizabeth Ohene, and Prof Dzodzi Tsikata. The rest are Mrs. Marian Tackie, Mrs. Docas Coker Appiah, Mrs Vicky Wereko,  Mrs. Elizabeth Akpalu. Mrs. Kate Bob Miller, Mrs. Hannah Koranteng, and Mrs Ekua Eshun

Margaret Esaah Boakye/capitalnewsonline.com

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