By Papisdaff Abdullah
The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the elimination of child marriages in Ghana and the retention of girls in school is top on her priority list.
Delivering her welcome address at an event to commemorate International Women’s Day under the theme “Press for Progress”, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said the inability of Ghana to retain her girls in school directly impacts on the high levels of child marriages and teenage pregnancies the nation is saddled with.
The First Lady emphasized that the current policy of free education in Ghana from nursery to Senior High School (SHS) will be meaningless if the country cannot get its young ladies to take advantage of it.
This year’s forum to make international Women’s Day had Ghana’ Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, former first ladies, Fulera Limann and Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, as well as Former Second Lady, Hajia Alima Mahama. Chairperson of the Elections Management Body, Charlotte Osei was also in attendance.
Female Justices of Ghana’s Supreme Court, Queen mothers, female members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ghana, market women, and female industry players also participated in the event.