Source: Graphic Online
Eleven distinguished Ghanaians including seven women have been awarded for their contributions towards the empowerment of African women.
The women, including former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, were also awarded for continuously supporting efforts to promote women's rights, as well as the protection of the rights of the underprivileged in society.
Also among the awardees was the 2016 flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The awards, which was under the auspices of the Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG) Ghana, supported by the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), the Cnada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), Crossroads International (CI) and the Fund for Social Development (FSD), also recognised the late Dr (Mrs) Joyce Lucy Asibey, a former Headmistress of the Aburi Girls Senor High School (SHS) for her contributions towards the growth of the school.
The other recipients of the awards were Nana Akua Dwum II, Edubiase Hemaa, Nana Kwame Heneku II, Abbriw Hene and Mama Zaidor II, NEWIG Assistant Field Officer.
The rest are Dr Philip Nyinaku, Medical Consultant, 37 Military Hospital, Ms Vida Aplerh Doku, NEWIG Field Officer, Mr David Acheampong, Lecturer and NEWIF Volunteer and Mrs Felicia Fular, NEWIG Field Assistant.
Speaking at the ceremony in Accra, Nana Konadu reiterated the need to economically empower women, stressing that by so doing, our communities would see significant changes in the country's industrial sectors which contributes to the economy of the nation. She also encouraged the patronage of NEWIG products, especially those with sheabutter as its ingredients.
Mrs Philomena Serwah Akoto Sam, Chairperson of NEWIG, outlined the success and achievements of the organisation, pointing out that its success story attested to women's deep commitment to help build high quality entrepreneurial skills building, both locally and internationally.
She explained that the anniversary was a way to formally acknowledge, celebrate and encourage loyal and supportive people who had helped to effect change by promoting the welfare of women in the world, most importantly, those from Africa.
He expressed her gratitude to the organisation for its commitment to the realisation of its objectives.