The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commended efforts by government, civil society groups and all entities committed to the entrepreneurial advancement of disabled women in business.
According to her, supporting disabled women in business is key towards the achievement of inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Ghana.
The First Lady made this known at a fundraising gala night in aid of physically challenged women in business on Thursday, 29th November, 2018.
Recounting some interventions by the Ministry of Business Development, already underway to support women entrepreneurs in Ghana, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said, “I recall the National Conference on Women Entrepreneurs, organized earlier this year; the Capacity Building Seminar, on Financial Inclusion for Women Entrepreneurs and the Health Walk, which took place, during the celebration of the National Entrepreneurship Month”.
“His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is very passionate about creating an entrepreneurial culture in Ghana, which will make Ghana the most business-friendly country in Africa. I am convinced that the hard-working women of this country, will be playing a very important role in the achievement of this laudable vision, even as we progress towards a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.” She continued.
She disclosed that whilst about 80% of women are engaged in various economic activities, predominantly in the informal micro to medium scale agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors of the economy, there are more women entrepreneurs and women-run businesses than those managed by men despite the many challenges.
Still emphasizing on the inroads made by women in business in Ghana, the First Lady said she has noted with satisfaction that under the Presidential Business Support Programme of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme, of the Ministry of Business Development, 58% of the 1,350 beneficiaries, who received financial support, were businesses owned by women.
She however lamented the prevalent situation where limiting of the capabilities of women, coupled with other challenges make it extremely difficult for women to enterprise.
She bemoaned how women with disabilities in particular suffer discrimination and violations of their basic human rights in all facets of life and how many of them have limited access to education, health care, decision-making, and employment opportunities, thus aggravating their conditions of poverty.
“It is for this reason that I consider today’s fundraising event very important, in supporting our disabled women in business, towards the achievement of inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Ghana.” She stated.
The First Lady was confident that, through the collaboration between the Ministry of Business Development and the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, the entrepreneurial capacity of women can be improved significantly and urged women to also take advantage of the numerous opportunities available now, under the industrialization agenda and various initiatives, such as the planting for food and jobs.
Concluding, the Head of the Rebecca Foundation commended the Ministry of Business Development for their work and called for increased advocacy to improve the lot of Ghanaian women.