Lawra MP Alleviates Poverty among Women with Tideltaa Womens Group
By: Morris Banaamwine
The plight of women in the Lawra Municipality in the Upper West Region has been relieved following the launch of Tideltaa Womens Group which is to alleviate poverty particularly among vulnerable groups in the municipality.
It would enable members of the group to easily access loans and other financial services to support their business activities.
The Tideltaa Womens Group, borne by the Member of Parliament for Lawra Anthony Abeyifaa Karbo, in consultation with some stakeholders of the area, had been duly registered under the Registrar-Generals Department to change the lives of rural women in the Lawra Municipality.
It is made up of over 3,000 women in five zones namely Lawra, Eremon, Babile, Zambo and Brifoh and aimed at creating employment opportunities and skill development for women in the area.
Speaking at the Launch of the group at Lawra, Mr. Karbo called on the people of the Lawra Municipality to unit and focus on the development of the area regardless of their political affiliation.
He identified ongoing works on the Lawra, Babile-Brifo, Kalsegre-Tanchara and other major roads in the municipality as evidence of his development drive for the area and the country.
Mr Karbo said significant progress had been made in reducing the unemployment rate in the area noting that 280 persons had been recruited in re-afforestation projects and 58 people had also been recruited into the Ghana Education Service as non-teaching staffs.
For her part the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Cynthia Morrison, who launched the Tideltaa Womens Group, urged the members to use loans advanced to them judiciously.
She assured the women that her Ministry would continue to advocate policies geared towards the development of women in the country.
The Chairman of Tideltaa Womens Group, Mr. Edmund Pouviel said research by United Nations Development Programme in December 2014 and the World Bank indicated that gender inequalities inhibited the overall growth and development of the country.
He indicated that supporting rural women remains an effective way of ensuring that local communities transformed their lives through the fight against poverty.
He added that the women were mobilized into solidarity groups to ensure cohesion and to guarantee sustainability.
The Paramount Chief of Lawra Traditional area Naa Puowele Karbo III commended the Member of Parliament for the initiative as it would go a long way to improve the livelihood of women in the area.
Naa Karbo III added that the basic economic and social fundamentals of the paramountcy showed that over seventy-eight per cent of the working population in the municipality was engaged in subsistence agriculture with women forming a significant proportion of the farming population.
The Member of Parliamnt of Assin Central who was enskined as Teng-Maal-Naa (Development Chief) for Lawra Traditional area for his contribution to the development of the area donated GHȻ10, 000.00 to the Lawra paramountcy and GHȻ20, 000.00 to the Tideltaa Women’s group.
Madam Morrison also donated GHȻ10, 000.00 to the group on behalf of the Ministry while MPs and Dignitaries who graced the occasion also donated GHȻ10, 000.00 to the group