Forum on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Women Media and Change (WOMEC organized a forum on November 25, 2020, on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence for 40 Basic School JHS girls in the Kpone Township. The global theme for the event was “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” WOMEC however added a sub-theme: Keeping Adolescent Girls Safe in the midst of the COVID-19.The forum was organized to educate and empower the girls to stay safe from COVID-19. It was also used to urge them to speak up against any form of violence and abuse against them.
Data Collection Exercise at Kpone Katamanso
Women Media and Change (WOMEC) on November 23, 2020 undertook a data collection exercise in the Kpone Katamanso Municipality to gather information from a group of adolescent girls and boys in basic schools and also from some women and men in the area. The exercise is going to help in the production of situation analysis report to understand the environment in the municipality in order to assist WOMEC to implement its TurningPoint project in selected schools in 2021. The project is meant to mentor and empower young girls and boys with leadership and other related skills.
2020 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP)
WOMEC took part in the GMMP, which took place globally on 29th September 2020. The GMMP 2020 is the sixth in a series of extensive gender and media monitoring studies conducted every five years since 1995 by WACC Global, an international NGO that advocates communication rights in order to achieve social justice.
By analyzing gender differences in the portrayal and representation of women and men in print, broadcast, online and social media news, the GMMP puts a spotlight on gender inequalities perpetuated in and through the news media, and demands for change. The GMMP findings will be analyzed to show global, regional and country-level change over the 25-year period since the first GMMP in 1995, and to direct action towards achieving gender equality in news content.
WOMEC organized a team at its office where various Ghanaian media outlets including social media, such as radio, television, print and twitter contents were monitored for the event.
COVID-19 Sensitization Programme at Kpone-Katamanso
Women, Media and Change (WOMEC) on 17th October 2020, organised a one-day COVID-19 Sensitization Programme for members of MTN/Sentuo community located in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra region.
The programme was under the theme, “COVID -19 is real! Together we can kick it out.” It was organised under a Women’s Voice and Leadership-Ghana project, sponsored by Plan International and Global Affairs Canada, an organisation based in Canada. WOMEC used the occasion to donate 1000 pieces of facemasks to children and adults, six veronica buckets, cartons of liquid soap and 42 big rolls of tissue papers to the entire community.
Dr. Charity Binka, Executive Director of WOMEC, Dr. Esther Danquah, Director of the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Health Directorate, Madam Rita Agyekum, an assistant director at the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly, who stood in for the Municipal Chief Executive of the area and Madam Regina Dede Amanquah, the Assembly Member for the Lolooi Electoral area, were among the people that addressed the people in the community.
The WNCAW Media training programme at Kpeve
Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health issues remain major challenges for health systems and communities in Africa.As a result of these challenges, the Consortium for Mothers, Children, Adolescents and Health Policy and Systems Strengthening (COMCAHPSS) in collaboration the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), with funding from the International Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada is running a Women, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (WNCAW) project in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger and Sierra Leone through research and community scorecard assessment programmes to inform policy change for an improved WNCAW in West Africa.
As part of efforts to empower the media to support the WNCAW project, Women, Media and Change (WOMEC) in partnership with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) is undertaking a series of media engagement activities to promote the WNCAW project through sustained advocacy and dissemination of the findings from the community assessment programme and other research activities.
The first in a series of the media training programmes under the WNCAW project was held on March 3, 2020 at Kpeve in the South
Dayi district of the Volta region for a group of journalists from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta regions of Ghana.
2020 International Women’s Day
Women, Media and Change (WOMEC) commemorated the 2020 International Women’s Day with a forum at the Ashaiman Senior High School in the Greater Accra Region. The forum, which served as a mentoring session for a section of the female students of the school, was under the theme, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”
The event saw various resource persons from different backgrounds, sharing their thoughts with the students. Topics dealt with included how to be an effective career woman, appropriate use of social media, knowing their worth and gender based violence.