The Accra Chapter of the Air Force Wives Organisation (AWO), joined women around the world to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD).
The event was held at the AWO Secretariat at Burma Camp in Accra, with a talk on the theme “The Virtuous Woman: How to be and remain a Virtuous Woman”.
The occasion was also used to celebrate and send off one of the group’s longest serving and senior-most members, Mrs. Margaret Sampson-Oje, wife of the past Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The President of AWO, Mrs Hilary Arko-Dadzie, in her welcome address noted that women, no matter their economic or social status, contribute significantly to society, either in their roles as homemakers or as employees/employers at the workplace. “Indeed, women are the real architects of society. We are the glue that keep everything together, be it at home, at work or in the communities where we live”, she added.
Acknowledging that there had been giant strides made over the years towards gender parity in all areas of life, she said that there were still a lot of work to be done by governments, lawmakers, employers and authority holders to ensure that women all over the world are given equal opportunities and rewards for their work.
According to her, AWO decided to participate in this year’s International Women’s Day to remind their members of their role and responsibilities as women married to men in uniform and the impact they make in their lives.
She appealed to the AWO leadership to consider an annual AWO Congress, involving all the three Air Force bases in the country, namely, Accra, Takoradi and Tamale bases, to promote togetherness, sharing of ideas on projects and to deliberate on a common agenda for the future of the organisation.
Counsellor and motivational speaker, Mrs. Stella Koranteng, main speaker for the event, called on women to constantly feed their minds with positive thoughts, while assuring themselves that they were capable of managing their diverse responsibilities so as not to succumb to the frustrations of life.
She advised members of AWO to foster the right connections in order to offer and receive the right mentoring, which will ensure success in life.
Also present were retired senior patrons; Mrs. Nafisa Kadri and Mrs. Aku Dovlo, current patron Mrs. Rosette Kwakye-Bekoe, as well as some senior Air Force Officers.
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