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UG’s WOCOM week celebration to transform lives
From: Ghana | The B&FT Weekend          Published On: February 28, 2013, 07:46 GMT
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UG’s WOCOM week celebration to transform lives

Women’s Commissioner, Antoinette Makafui Ashiadey

Next Wednesday, at the poolside of the University of Ghana (UG), the Women’s Commission will be launching a week-long activity set to reinvigorate students’ lives on the campus.

Under the theme, “Stategising for the Future: The Woman and Her Environment”, the event seeks to them on the challenges that lie ahead of their lives and ways to tackle them as and when they come.

“Since we are not going to spend all our lives in school we will have to strategise for the future ahead of us. That is why we selected this theme, so the woman of the future can learn ways to adapt either positively or negatively in the field of business, family and religion,” the Women’s Commissioner, Antoinette Makafui Ashiadey, said.

The five-day event will be launched with a fashion show dubbed “Aketesia Fashion Show” that aims to inform students on how to dress appropriately.

“We want the fashion show to define fashion in the African context. We are hoping that with this show students will learn from seasoned designers like Tony Black Couture, Kama By Kilson and Qwami Wear, who will talk to the students about African fashion and dressing appropriately,” she said.

Following the launch there will be a women’s summit which will see inspirational speakers talk to the student body on several topics.

CEO of FC Perfumery Grace Amey-Obeng will be discussing how to care for one’s skin and look good. Dr. John Egyir Croffet, Director of the Counseling and Placement Centre of the University, will be there to counsel the students, while the Corporate Relations Manager of Guiness Ghana Limited, Rita Rockson, will discuss dealing with men at the workplace.

On Friday, the entire student body will congregate between the Elizabeth Sey and Jean Nelson halls to dance their feet off and show appreciation to God at a gospel rock show featuring renowned gospel artiste Cecelia Marfo. The Muslim community will not be left out as Islamic leaders will also be on campus to talk to the students.

On Saturday, the Commission in collaboration with social groups Pass A Book On (PABO) and Share Your Launch (SYL) will be undertaking an ambitious project of renovating and painting a deprived school, Da Awatul Islamic School, at Kaneshie in Accra.

Ms. Ashiadey stated that the rationale behind embarking on such a huge project is to underscore the relevance of the theme selected for the week celebration.

“Because we are women and strategising for the future we thought it wise to practice what we preach by doing something worthwhile for the environment; that is by renovating and painting the school. The girls will share lunch and also spend quality time with the pupils to put smiles on their faces.

“We are impacting two groups of people. First of all we are inspiring the students of UG because we want to instill the culture of giving back to society in a befitting manner in them by helping this very deprived school. Secondly, the pupils of Da Awatul Islamic School will also be inspired because we will be donating some materials as well as touching lives and sharing quality time with them,” she noted.

The climax of the activities will be a dinner and awards night where students will converge to wine and dine. The Commission will also be awarding the companies and individuals who have supported them, including RLG, Coca Cola, Kasapreko, CIMA, Voltic and MVP.

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