Women in Leadership
Women are gradually making their presence felt in different sectors and at different levels globally. They have resolved to breaking the status quo that barred them from entering leadership positions even if they possessed requisite skills and talent to occupy them.
Women all over the world suffer from different forms of gender based violence, and women in Ghana are no exception.There are multiple forms of violence against women present in Ghana, such as domestic violence, rape, and female genital mutilation.
In as much as women are guaranteed political participation rights under the 1992 Ghana Constitution, there is a lack of female representation in government and other leadership positions.
A remarkable thing in the history of Ghana and the journey of women empowerment took place when for the first time ,a woman was selected as a running mate for the December 2020 election in the person of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang. She is an educationalist who served as Minister of Education as well as former Vice-Chancellor of The University of Cape Coast Ghana, she was the first female Vice-Chancellor of a state University in Ghana.
Also, in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson has been appointed as the first female Vice Chancellor since the establishment of the university in 1951 for a four year term starting August 2020. She began her career as a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the year 2000. In 2009 she was promoted to a senior lecturer and further to an associate professor in 2014. In September 2018, she was appointed the pro vice chancellor .Prior to her appointment as pro vice chancellor, she was the dean of the faculty of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.Dickson currently serves as a board member of the Pharmacy Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana.
The iSpace Community and GBV Africa recognises this significant milestone that has taken place in Ghana and we are hopeful that there is still more to come.