GENCED, NED Trains Young Women on Political Leadership

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GENCED, NED Trains Young Women on Political Leadership
The Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED) collaborated National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USA on Wednesday trained young Women aspirants contesting for seats in Ghana’s upcoming 2020 general election on political leadership and public life.
The 3 Days training organised by GenCED entitled “Young Women Political Leadership School” held at the Miklin Hotel, East Legon, Ghana, aimed to share inter-generational experience between older and younger women in politics and to increased women participation in politics.
Honorable Mrs. Sophia Karen Ackuaku, Member of Parliament for Domeabra- Obom  in a lecture delivered recounted the sleepless nights and excessive spending that had to be done in order to satisfy constituents so an aspirant can win votes.
 She urged young women aspirants to present themselves in a worthy acceptance before the constituents.
“presenting oneself well includes ones wardrobe and the ability to manage people of different temperaments. Before one can aspire for office, self-assessment is key.
“Self-assessment helps an individual know their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing one’s self will help an aspirant answer the question why do you want to run? Under the module of self-assessment, participants were taken through getting ready to run, knowing the levels of Government, Knowing yourself, developing a personal strategy, maintaining a support system and getting a mentor.
At the training, the participants identified various strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that face them as women in the political space.
They were also taken through the module of empowerment such as self-esteem, woman’s sexuality, resources management, mastering emotional intelligence and navigating threats such as online bullying and physical bullying such as name calling.
It would be recalled that the training commenced in 2018 have trainned over 100 young women across four countries in West Africa namely Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia and Gambia. And it has now extended  to Niger and Mali Due to the success of the first phase, the program has further been extended and now includes Niger and Mali.
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