Empowering women is key to achieving 17 SDGs – Joyce Aryee

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Reverend Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee, the Founder and Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministry, says empowering women is a key enabler to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations by 2030. 

She indicated that the deadline for their attainment is six years away; however, gender bias remains a significant obstacle to global progress, which was acute at the workplace.

Rev Dr Aryee said this in Accra at a forum organised by the Ghana Employers’ Association, in collaboration with the Female Future Ghana Alumni Network (FFPGHAN), to mark the International Women’s Day.

The event, on the theme: “Diversity and Inclusion: Empowering Females for Career Development and Leadership at the Workplace and Beyond,” brought together FFPGHAN members and young ambitious career-oriented ladies to dialogue on critical issues affecting women’s success at work.

Rev Dr Aryee said the contributions of women in social, economic and political development of a nation should be measured in the impact they made on society when given such opportunities and not in numbers.

She said there must be a collaborative approach to getting women to attain the needed height at the workplace and society, adding: “We ourselves need to play that official role for the collaborative process, no one will do it for us”.

“We must lead the way to take advantage of improved legislature and work place policies in our favour to excel and transform our organisations and society”.

She advised women to be abreast of the laws of the land, such as PNDC Law 111 (Interstate Succession Law) to understand the basic requirements of the country.

She said men and women must play their part equally “otherwise the world becomes less interesting and less engaging for everybody.”

“Nature teaches humanity that one hand cannot accomplish everything, which demonstrates the significance of inclusivity.”

Madam Joyce Aseidu-Ofei, the FFPGHAN President, advocated women empowerment for inclusive growth.

By Iddi Yire, GNA

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