The Deputy General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Dr Yaw Baah, has said that the country’s economic problems could be solved when a female is elected as the president. “If you want Ghana to develop, make a woman the president,” he said, adding that “corruption will go down if we have many female ministers.” Dr Baah made the call during the closing ceremony of a five-day capacity building workshop organised by the TUC for 50 of its staff members from all districts in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The programme, which was on the theme: “Basic trade union education for women and youth union leaders, members and activists”, focused particularly on the youth and women. The participants were taken through the history of TUC, communication skills, public speaking, management practices and health as well as safety precautions at workplaces. Defending his stance, Dr Baah indicated that countries such as Finland and Denmark, where women had been given prominent roles in their political cycles had developed. He added that when women were given equal opportunities as men, they could make a difference in their societies.
Dr Baah, however, cautioned women to cut down on the time they spent watching movies to enable them to develop their intellectual capabilities. “Stop watching films and start reading to enable you to develop your intellect because that is the only way you can be accepted by men,” he stated. He urged women to not consider themselves as inferior to men and rather aspire higher in the society. “If women are not willing to change the system for themselves, nobody will change it for them,” he cautioned.
Touching on the essence of the workshop, Dr Baah said it would equip the participants with information that would enable them to develop their potential and give their best at their workplaces. He indicated that the TUC was amending its constitution in order to create enough slots for the involvement of the youth and women. He, therefore, implored the participants to put to use the knowledge gained at the workshop, saying, “TUC expects more from you after this workshop.” The Brong Ahafo Regional secretary of the TUC, Mr Joseph Kwame Ankamah, expressed optimism that the workshop would inspire the youth, particularly women, to “perform creditably” in their workplaces. He said TUC would continue to organise such capacity-building workshops for its members at the grassroots level in developing their capabilities.
A representative of the Labour Research and Policy Institute, Mrs Mary Karima, said many a time, TUC had been organising workshops only for its leadership, and that it was about time the ordinary members were focused on. She was of the view that the workshop had enlightened the participants on certain key issues that had been confronting them at their workplaces. “I believe that the response has been very positive, and as such they are going to put to use the knowledge gained here,” she said. The Brong Ahafo Regional youth representative of the TUC, Mr Reindorf Adoma, commended the participants for their comportment during the programme. Also, certificates were presented to all the participants while special awards were given to deserving individuals.
Source: Daily Graphic