Accra Technical University has launched its maiden celebration of International Women’s Day which falls on the 8th day of March every year. The historic event took place on 8th March 2021 at the University Main Auditorium.
The four-part event opened with a launch of the event on the theme of the event “Woman, a force to reckon with,” a call for all women to strive to rub shoulders in a male-dominated world.
Speaking at the opening of the event, the former Vice-Chancellor of Koforidua Technical University, Prof. Smile Dzisi who also doubled as the chairperson of the occasion expressed her joy for being part of the history that has been written in the books of the University. She described the celebration of the woman as apt and worth sustaining in the University’s calendar.
In her speech delivered on the occasion, Prof. Dzisi elaborated on the responsibility of the woman in society. She advised that women should make the effort through the fulfilment of their responsibilities to reach the summit of being involved in the community-change agenda. She reiterated that numerous women have been able to make that mark by dint of hard work and have blazed the trail for future young aspiring women to follow suit. She entreated students to take their studies serious and desist from indulging in toxic relationships that may jeopardise their future.
Adding to this, Mrs Paulina Flecture who is a lawyer unequivocally enlightened students on the rights of women. She urged students to refrain from using sex for academic favours. She stated that it is their right to be free from all forms of violence, however, she cautioned that it also the responsibility of students to dress decently to avoid violence against themselves.
Chief Executive officer of Credence Micro Credit, Adeline Quashie, who is also an alumnus of the University, seized the opportunity to walk students through the path towards establishing their businesses. She described her feeling of nostalgia to be back at the university where her dream began. She challenged students not to limit themselves in whatever they want to do charged them to be determined, dedicated and diligent in working towards their dream. She recounted her credence dream highlighting the ups and bumps to what it has become today.
Also at the event was the University Counsellor Dr. Bentil who delivered a presentation on reputation. She coached students especially females on the courtesies of being a woman, and reputation building.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Amevi Ackapovi in his remarks at the closing of the event admitted to a changing world and a gradual paradigm shift from a stereotypical world against women. He called for a collective effort to adapt to this change as it is in the right direction. He urged women to take advantage of the possibilities that abound in the world and not be limited by gender.
The celebration was climaxed with a cooking competition organised by the SRC in partnership with Onga. The International Women’s Day celebration is an SRC initiative in partnership with Management of the University to bolster the efforts in empowering female students on campus and steering the wheel towards equal opportunities for students regardless of gender
By: Public Affairs Directorate