Gloryhill Women Empowerment Foundation (GWEF), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underprivileged women on Saturday empowered over a Thousand (1000)women with the tools and knowledge necessary to become financially independent. This was achieved in the maiden Northern Women Entrepreneurship Conference at the University for Development Studies. GWEF in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Politics and Governance, Center For Gender and Career Mentorship and Wocom UDS Tamale Campus, organized the Northern Women Entrepreneurship Conference intending to empower over 1,000 women from diverse backgrounds. The participants of the conference were equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to become financially independent. The conference which was on the theme; “Empowering Women to be Financially Independent” had Mr. Charles Atia, CEO of B-Diet Limited, Ing. Prof. Linda Dari, Associate Professor of Food and Post Harvest Engineering with UDS, Madam Neo Thamae Gariba, a retired Development Consultant and Dr. Naazia Ibrahim, a Lecturer at UDS as speakers. The Chief Executive Officer of Gloryhill Women Empowerment Foundation, Mrs. Gloria Abiwu in an interview with NTV News said although a majority of women carry financial burdens, they are not economically empowered to be Financially Independent hence the conference. She noted when women are empowered, children will be brought up to become responsible in society. Madam Gloria disclosed aside the financial empowerment, the mental health of the women is also being discussed at the Conference. The Foundation she added is also supporting widows with special packages to commemorate the 2024 Mother's Day. The CEO of the Gloryhill Women Empowerment Foundation said the less privileged women at the Conference will be trained in some vocational skills to start their businesses. She thus appealed to corporate Ghana to assist the foundation realize it goals of empowering the Northern Woman to be Financially Independent. A Speaker at the Conference, Madam Vivian Boateng, CEO of Vivi’s Dance and Theater Academy who spoke on turning passion into business admonished fellow women to identify their talent and start from where they are and make a change. She thus encouraged men to support women to be empowered. On her part, Dr. Susana Annan, A -Psychiatrist who touched on Mental health focused on depression, its causes and symptoms. She mentioned sadness, loss of interest, poor sleep, and suicidal thoughts as some symptoms of depression.
Story by Abubakari Sadiq Righteous