International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. For us, it’s a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to honour acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
This International Women’s Day 2016, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in partnership with Alliance Francaise will host two lively panel discussions to talk about women in the Arts and the state of women-men relationships on campus.
The first event will feature renowned Ghanaian Photographer Nana Kofi Acquah whose exhibition “Don’t Call Me Beautiful” celebrating African women’s resilience is currently underway at Alliance Francaise.
This panel is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8th March at the Exhibition hall, Alliance Française Accra at 6pm.
This informal and interactive discussion will look at Nana Acquah’s exhibit and other pertinent topics such as the stereotypical depiction of women in current social media trends, women’s rights, gender, arts and culture and feminism.
On the panel would be Nana Acquah himself, Nigerian/South African writer Yewande Omotoso and representation from AWDF. The moderator would be Kinna Likimani. There will also be readings by participants of the 2016 Writivism workshop which is to be held in Accra.
For the second event, AWDF in partnership with the Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) and the African Studies Department of the University Of Ghana Legon, will host another interactive panel discussion on Campus Relationships on Friday, 11th March at the Institute Of African Studies Auditorium, University of Ghana, Legon.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the discussion dubbed “About Last Night” which will have a mixed gender panel to get “real” and “deep” about issues like date rape, sexuality and violence against women. The event will be preceded by the screening of a film: The Hunting Ground, which is a ground-breaking documentary on rape on campuses in the US. The film will show at 4.00pm- 5.30 pm, followed by the Panel Discussion at 6.00pm.
The predominantly female panel would include student representation, writer and activist Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Kwesi Owusu, Executive Director of Creative Storm, journalist Akua Blakofe, Nana Hanson, AWDF representation and will have Professor Audrey Gadzekpo as moderator. Students and the general public are warmly invited to attend and participate in both events.
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The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant-making foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the promotion and realization of their rights.
Its mission is to mobilise financial, human and material resources to support African women and the work of the African women’s movement to advance women’s rights and gender equality in Africa.