The President of LIMAP GH and Ag Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology Assoc Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong opening the programme
As part of the global celebration to acknowledge the roles, contributions and achievements of women all over the world, the Ladies in Mining and Allied Professions, Ghana (LIMAP-GH) in partnership with the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa and Cal Bank Ghana PLC has celebrated the 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) under the theme, Women in Leadership: Achieving Equal Future in a Covid-19 World. This year’s celebration, which took place on Monday 8th March, 2021 at the UMaT Auditorium had a virtual participation from students of the UMaT School of Railways and Infrastructure Development campus at Essikado in Sekondi.
Opening the programme, the President of LIMAP-Ghana and Ag Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology, Associate Professor Grace Ofori-Sarpong stated that the day was being commemorated for the second time in UMaT. She said, the purpose of the celebration was to: continue to raise awareness on the need to accelerate the campaign towards gender parity, urge women and girls on to braise themselves up, be resilient and put their best foot forward, as well as encourage women to rise above their limitations, vulnerabilities and complaints in order to create change and a better future for the younger generation.
The Chairman for this year’s IWD celebration, Professor Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology, in his address praised the LIMAP- Ghana and Cal Bank PLC for partnering the University to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day. Professor Amankwah stated that in recent times, the University is committed to thinking locally, but acting globally. This means that although activities of the University are orchestrated locally, they are nonetheless focused and directed at making a global impact.
The Chairman for the celebration Prof Richard K. Amankwah Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology delivering his address
Highlighting the IWD campaign theme, “Choose to Challenge”, the Vice Chancellor urged women to choose to challenge themselves to be the best that they can be. Professor Amankwah, metaphorically, advised women not to go around the table to fight over the single chair left to be occupied. Rather, he said women should look for opportunities to create more chairs, for more women to sit around the big table and be part of decision making. He urged women to fight for their common good, challenge each other together and let the sky be their springboard unto greater things.
Remarkable among the activities for this year’s celebration was a panel discussion on the theme, Women in Leadership: Achieving Equal Future in a Covid-19 World, which saw women achievers in different sectors including; academia, health, religious, finance, as well as student leadership sharing their experiences and encouraging participants to challenge themselves and rise above the limitations that beset women.
The Panelist for the discussion were Ms Rosalind Akko, Head of Women Banking Cal Bank PLC, Lady Pastor Barbara Azanu, Head Pastor of the Light House Chapel International Tamso Branch, Ms Gladys Mawusi Fummey, a Paediatric Nurse at the Tarkwa Government Hospital, Ms Vivian Isabella Seshie a Research Fellow at UMaT, Mr Theophillus Andoh Robertson, Head of the Counselling and Student Support Unit, UMaT and Miss Maame Esi Esaaba, the President for Women in Engineering (UMaT Chapter).
A Section of participants at the programme
Among the participants for this year's IWD celebration were girls from second cycle institutions within the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, students and staff of the University of Mines and Technology, members of Women in Engineering (WINE), the Girls’ Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service, members of LIMAP-Ghana and the general public.
Source: Priscilla A. Aryeh
For: University Relations Office, UMaT