Joseph Wemakor Takes the Lead as Program Chair for Ghana’s First International Conference on Gender Equality

In an era where the pursuit of gender equality has become a global imperative, Ghana is poised to make a significant contribution to this international discourse.

Spearheading this movement is Joseph Kobla Wemakor, the executive director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) who has recently been appointed as the Program Chair for the first International Conference on Gender Equality in Ghana.

This landmark event marks a pivotal moment in Ghana’s engagement with gender issues, reflecting the country’s commitment to fostering an inclusive society that promotes equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender.

With a storied career rooted in advocacy and policy development, Wemakor brings to this position a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the multifaceted challenges that impede gender parity.

His appointment as Program Chair by the I Believe Global Women’s Empowerment Foundation is both a personal and professional triumph, signifying a recognition of his tireless efforts in the arena of gender advocacy.

The conference, which is the first of its kind in Ghana, aims to draw academics, policymakers, activists, and stakeholders from various sectors to engage in a robust dialogue and to formulate actionable strategies that combat gender inequality.

Under Wemakor’s guidance, the conference agenda will cover crucial topics such as women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence, legal and policy frameworks for equality, and the promotion of women’s leadership roles in public and private sectors.

The significance of Wemakor’s role cannot be overstated. As Program Chair, he is responsible for setting the tone and direction of the conference.

His duties include the careful curation of panels and keynote speeches, ensuring a diverse range of perspectives is represented, shaping the framework for the exchange of ideas, and spearheading fundraising efforts to sustain the event’s momentum.

Wemakor’s background as an ardent advocate for women’s rights and gender balance positions him as a beacon of inspiration for those working towards gender equality in Ghana and beyond.

His expertise will be instrumental in pushing the boundary of conversations, encouraging comprehensive and systemic changes through informed discourse and collaboration among participants at the conference.

The conference is expected to culminate in a declaration or action plan that outlines commitments and measurable targets to accelerate progress toward gender equality.

The event which is on the theme: “Building Bridges: Charting the Course for Gender Equality and Achieving SDG 5 in Developing Economies is expected to take place at the CEDI Conference room, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana from 10am-5pm on Friday November 24, 2023.

The 1st International Conference on Gender Equality in Ghana is a brainchild of I Believe Global Women’s Empowerment Foundation supported by the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs and the Human Rights Reporters Ghana among other partners.

The success of this conference, guided by Wemakor’s adept leadership, could establish a blueprint for future initiatives and engagements across the African continent.

The impact of gender inequality on societal development cannot be overstated. Evidence suggests that when gender parity is prioritized, countries experience more robust economic growth, improved health outcomes, and greater stability.

Wemakor’s role in organizing this international conference is therefore not only timely but critical in signaling Ghana’s dedication to embracing gender equality as a cornerstone of its development agenda.

As preparations for the conference proceed, the anticipation among gender advocates and stakeholders continues to grow.

Joseph Kobla Wemakor stands at the forefront of this historic event, leading the charge for a more equitable future that recognizes and values the contributions of every individual, irrespective of gender.

The first International Conference on Gender Equality in Ghana, under the adept chairmanship of Joseph Wemakor, represents a monumental stride towards rectifying gender disparities.

With collaborative efforts from various sectors, this conference promises to be a catalyst for change, breaking down systemic barriers and igniting a new wave of gender justice in Ghana and the world.

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