Ghanaian women have been advised to rise beyond the limitations placed on them by society and reach their highest potential.
All the speakers at the Citi FM’s Women’s Career Forum dubbed ‘Just Women’ told participants to resist the pressures tradition and culture put on them and work hard to achieve their goals.
One of the speakers, Ellen Hagan of L’aine Service to carefully choose the right husbands if they want to succeed both at work and in their marriages.
“You need to choose the right partner. You think it’s only the men that choose? We also choose and I say to the young ones, you first of all have to decide; do I even want to get married,” she stated.
According to her, young career women should not succumb to societal pressure to get married because it is a life-long decision which needs careful consideration.
“If you haven’t found the right person, don’t get married. It’s better not to be married than to be miserable,’ she stressed.
She also appealed to parents to raise the girl child to “think a bit differently about themselves; raising the men who are now becoming young adults to learn to do things in the home to be a support to their future spouses if they choose to get married.”
A variety of issues were discussed at the Just Women Forum which was attended by women of all ages.
Speakers included Estelle Akofio Sowah of Google Ghana, Ruka Sanusi, founder of Alldens Lane, Ellen Hagan of L’aine Service and Dzigbordi Dosoo of Allure Africa.
Mrs. Dosoo who spoke on honing your appearance told the ladies to dress appropriately for their body types.
Speaking on the topic ‘The 360 woman: Walking the tightrope of family and career“, Dr. Mrs. Ellen Hagan noted that a key factor in succeeding as a wife and a career woman is to choose the right life partner.
The women also went through speed mentoring with other successful women working in various fields.
The speed mentors for the event were Carmen Bruce-Annan (Bruce-Annan Consult), Regina Agyare (I.T. Specialist and CEO of Soronko Solutions), Yaa Boadi-Aboagye (an electrical Engineer), Vivian Kai Mensah (the Head of Business Desk – Citi FM), Naa Sunkwa Mills (a medical doctor with the Ghana Health Service), Mabel Simpson (a Fashion Entrepreneur and CEO of msimps), Yawa Hansen-Quao (of Global Shapers Hub and founder of Leading Ladies Network) and Ruth Botsio (a Barrister at Law and Career Guidance Consultant).
The event was well attended by women from various career disciplines.
Among the participants were workers from various corporate entities, entrepreneurs and college students. Over one hundred students from the various senior high schools in Accra were given to opportunity to experience the grand forum, to prepare them for the future.
Students from the Catholic University College in Fiapre-Sunyani were also present for the event.
Some patrons sharing their experience after the forum told Citi News, the time allocated for the forum should be extended the next time it is organized.
One participant said: “It was impressive, it was nice but the only problem I had was the time but in the nutshell, it was a nice programme and we hope that more of such programmes will be held not only in Accra.”
Another also stated that “this should be done regularly for those of us that are starting our businesses. It inspires us to keep going. I was quite impressed and I learnt a lot of things.”
Another participant said she was undecided about attending the programme but “I think I learnt a lot. It was very interesting and it answered some of the questions I had.”