Ladies Network for Economic Freedom (LANEF), a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the advancing of economic freedom and free society and inspiring innovation among young ladies, has held the Inspiring Ladies Colloquium for KNUST students.
The Colloquium, which was held at the Lecture Theatre of the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resource was geared toward developing female entrepreneurship and understanding the basic principles of economic freedom also enabled
Participants who asked relevant questions and shared experiences on the event’s benefits were motivated to progress in various aspects of their lives.
During the presentations, Youtuber Charlotte Tetebea who spoke on taking up modern entrepreneurship with the help of technology as a young woman said one’s passion coupled with technology can pave way for various entrepreneurial opportunities and cause them to be innovative.
She encouraged the participants to be optimistic as young entrepreneurs and be willing to develop their skills and add to their knowledge.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stan Inc, Mr Jorge Kobby and Mr Emmanuel Acquah of ACEYE also elaborated on the capabilities and roles women play in leadership and their right to actively advocate for and enjoy economic freedom.
They emphasised the fact that leadership was not solely about the position but one’s mindset, about making an impact and not manipulation which makes women equally capable of leadership as their men counterparts.
They further enlightened that how successful one can become depended on their attitude, skills and knowledge which they referred to as ASK.
For her part, Madam Comfort Mensah of the African Human Rights Forum spoke on the need to be confident as a young woman and recounted that being bold and adventurous would land them with a lot of opportunities.
She, therefore, encouraged the participants to be comfortable with starting something with whatever little resources they have which should not deter them from taking bigger risks adding, “One way of being bold is networking with the right people. Building valuable relationships and having the right circle of friends.”
Legal Practitioner and Guest Speaker for the event, Adwoa Osafredu noted that a huge misconception has shaped the mindset of many young women in Africa and thus believed that society was against them.
This belief, she said, was mainly centred on the fact that young women have the notion that men were against them or the bigger picture that the law was against them and noted that such misconception could not be easily dissipated since its basis could be the fact that over time it has been proven that “we live in a man’s world”.
According to her, Africans live in a society where an individual’s gender is a crucial factor in determining the extent to which they can realise their full potential and the rights and privileges they enjoy.
Madam Osafredu added that in most circumstances, these rights and privileges were granted to more males than females.
She further cited some laws from as far back as the 1800s up until about 70 years ago that prevented women from engaging in entrepreneurship, owning property and taking up eminent positions in society and encouraged the participants not to lose their vigour and allure as a result of the systems society had put in place.
“Times have changed and are continuously changing. Society has embarrassed the creed to relinquish more rights and opportunities to females. Laws have been upgraded substantially in this light, Article (17) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana states that all persons are equal before the law, in that no person shall be discriminated against on the grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnicity, religion or economic status”, she quoted.