“Ghanaian women are no exception and currently, 46.4% of businesses in Ghana are women-owned, the highest in the world according to the World Bank,” wrote Mama Anita.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. The purpose of celebrating Women’s Day is to recognise the various contributions of women in society and raise awareness about gender equality.
On International Women’s Day 2022, Madam Harriet Anita Araba Abaidoo (Founder & Leader, HAAA Foundation) celebrated the importance of women with a message dedicated to “wonderful women entrepreneurs.”
“According to the World Bank, women can create and grow businesses into dynamic enterprises for the economic growth and development of their countries. Ghanaian women are no exception and currently, 46.4% of businesses in Ghana are women-owned, the highest in the world according to the World Bank.
The MasterCard Index of Women Entrepreneurs also indicated that women in Ghana own 50% of Ghanaian businesses. The following are a few Ghanaian women worth mentioning regarding their significant contributions to the industrial revolution and economic development of Ghana.
- Comfort Oduro-Nyarko: A renowned Ghanaian Professional Accountant who is the Chief Executive officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Makola Foundation International. Through her efforts the Makola Foundation International was registered at the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). Mrs. Oduro-Nyarko holds a master’s degree in International Accounting from the Pentecost University College (PUC)-Graduate School at Buckinghamshire New University, UK, a B.Sc. Accounting and Information Systems from the Regents University of Science and Technology, Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and Professional Accounting training at the University of Professional Studies Accra, formerly Institute of Professional Studies (IPS). She also studied French at the Alliance Francaise d ’Accra. Mrs. Oduro-Nyarko’s licenses and certifications include those from The Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute of Directors, Professional Governance, and as a Corporate Governance Trainer. In 2016, she received an award as a Community Development Personality.
- Constance Swaniker: A renowned Ghanaian sculptor who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of “Accents and Arts Limited” an outstanding metal furniture firm, which is a premier supplier of finest crafted iron furniture made in Ghana. Mrs. Swanker fo unded her furniture firm six months after graduation from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She also established the Art and design Institute to work with Ghanaian universities and tertiary technical institutions to bridge the gap between school curriculum and industry with practical internships for students.
- Ayisha Fuseni: Founder and CEO of “Asheba Enterprise” holds a Diploma in Business administration. Her company produces shea butter for her value-added beauty products like soap and body creams for the local Ghanaian and international markets. She works with over 600 women in the rural communities around Tamale in the northern region of Ghana.
- Winnifred Selby: A social entrepreneur and president of the “EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative” based in Kumasi. She is the co-founder of “Ghana Bamboo Bikes (GBB)” with Bernice Dapaah. She initiated the “Happy Feeding Programme” that complements the Ghana Government’s school feeding and uniform program. In partnership with private universities in Ghana, she initiated the “Ghana Girls College scholarship Programme.” Winnifred founded the “Winnifred’s Menstrual Pads and Dignity Project” that provides disposable menstrual products for needy girls in rural and depraved districts of Ghana. She is the founder of the “W3 Initiative,” a nonprofit organization that promotes gender equality and women empowerment through education. Winnifred was educated at the Joy Standard College. She is an alumna of Cambridge University, and a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
- Grace Amey-Obeng: Founder and CEO of “Forever Group of Companies.” Grace is the chairperson of the “Ghana Cosmetology and Wellness Federation.” She is an alumna of Keta Secondary School (Ketasco).
- Anita Wiafe-Asinor: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of “Occupational Management Limited,” @OMLAfrica a Human Resource (HR) consultancy, serving Africa in People Management, by supporting charities, and small and medium enterprises. Anita has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Social Research and a master’s degree in Occupational Psychology.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us arise and live above all gender biases against women, and remember that we are capable and key partners and stakeholder in industrial and economic development of Ghana. Therefore, let us celebrate our women flagbearers and trail blazers in the industrial and economic development of Ghana.” Mama Anita wrote.
She continued “it would be the greatest relief for women to see the Affirmative Action Bill that has been on the table of Parliament for years be passed into Law to prove our men’s support for Women and National development. Empowering Women in general should not be seen as a competition but rather working in partnership for the betterment of our dear Nation.