Chief of Staff Frema Osei Opare is charging institutions to consciously work towards addressing the gender gaps in industries by providing financial support and opportunities for women pursuing education and careers in STEM fields.
This, according to the Chief of staff, will accelerate the achievement of goal five of the sustainable development goal to ensure effective and equitable participation of women in leadership at all levels of decision-making.
She made these revelations during the launch of the FEMPOWER Scholarship Program by the Electricity Company of Ghana in Accra.
The commencement of the scholarship will cover tuition fees and other educational expenses for 10 female students enrolled in STEM programs at recognized institutions and provide training programs with the ECG.
Despite gains made towards achieving gender parity in workplaces, especially in the field of science and technology, many challenges remain. Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels. To bridge this gap, more female participation is being championed in science, engineering, and technology by the Electricity Company of Ghana through its FEMPOWER scholarship program.
The initiative, according to a board member of ECG and founder of FEMPOWER outreach and scholarship, aims at fostering an inclusive environment that empowers and supports women in their pursuit of knowledge and careers in science, engineering, and technology.
The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, commended the initiative and called on institutions to purposefully put in place measures to address the gender gaps in industries, especially in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
She used the occasion to encourage and appeal to other organizations to join efforts in supporting initiatives that contribute to a more balanced female representation.
The Managing Director of ECG, Dubik Mahama for his part, asserted that the FEMPOWER scholarship is part of ECG’s broader commitment to promoting diversity and inclusiveness at the workplace, which is a target of SDG Goal 5.