A network dedicated to the advancement of women’s education in the country, dubbed the Women in Tertiary Education (WITE), has been launched in Accra.
The aim of the group, made up of highly educated women, is to support fellow women who are pursuing various courses in tertiary institutions at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The network was unveiled at the maiden WITE seminar which served as a platform for some selected individual researchers to present their works for constructive feedback on how they could improve their research work and submit on time.
The WITE seminar was organised under the auspices of the PearlRichard Foundation, a business and technology research service provider.
Support for females
The Founder of the network, Dr Sheena Lovia Boateng, observed that the group was set up mainly to support females at the tertiary level.
“I have spent about 10 years of my life in academia pursuing first degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree and I noticed that women face a lot of peculiar challenges which can only be appreciated by a feminist point of view,” she said.
“It is easier for a woman to get assistance from a fellow woman who understands her plight and the challenges she is facing more than a man. Therefore, the network is to bring like-minded women at various levels to network and help one another to succeed,” Dr Boateng, who is the Executive Director at PearlRichard Foundation, added.
The Board Chairman of the PearlRichards Foundation, Mr Joseph Budu, said the seminar was to help women, who were undertaking research in the university, especially at the postgraduate level, to succeed.
“We will give them feedback to shape their ideas to develop a research that will be impactful to the advancement of society when it is published,” he said.
Mr Budu, who is a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), urged women in the country to aspire higher to enable them to play active roles in national development.
“I will encourage women to ignore all challenges and barriers and aspire to be whatever they want to be irrespective of whichever space they find themselves,” he said.
He congratulated women in the country on their support and commitment to the development of Ghana, ahead of the international women’s day celebration, which is slated for March 8 this year.
By Maclean Kwofi