MINISTRY OF GENDER, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL PROTECTION (MoGCSP) 2023

 Bushira Alhassan

MINISTRY OF GENDER, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL PROTECTION (MoGCSP)

ANNUAL REPORT 2023

 INTRODUCTION

 The Department of Gender – Northern Region, for the year under review undertook and implemented a number of activities aimed at bridging the gender gap in our development process. The Department with its mandate to ensure gender equality and equity across all levels of the development process organized and participated in a number of activities organized by partners and collaborators in the region to address gender issues as well as improve the lives and wellbeing of women and other vulnerable groups in the communities. The Department also participated in Radio, Live programmes and T.V discussions on topics/ issues affecting the marginalized groups of our society who are predominantly women and children.

PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS / COLLABORATED PROGRAMMES

 The Department for the year under review, carried out the following activities that are aimed at the enhancing the wellbeing of women and other marginalized groups.

1.The Department in collaboration with Norsaac undertook training on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights – SRHR, SGBV/Child Marriage and Family Planning Training for some community members and Young Women and Men within the Tamale Metropolis. The training sought to educate and sensitize them on SRHR and SGBV/Child Marriage. The training also sought to educate them on the importance of Family Planning. This was held at Mariam Centre, Tamale on the 15th February, 2023.

2.The Department Collaborated with the Domestic Violence Secretariat of MoGCSP to build the capacity of community leaders on Strengthening Community Systems for Protection from Sexual and Gender – Based Violence, HIV and Tuberculosis. The training sought to engage with the community leaders in creating awareness and providing support mechanism for Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH)/GBV and HIV/TB. The training was held in Tamale at Radach Lodge and Conference Centre on the 30th and 31st March 2023.

3.The Department in partnership with SONGTABA (an NGO) identified and trained 10 young persons (6 Male and 4 Female) at the district level, selected from five districts to serve as Smart Youth Journalists. They were taken through laws and protocols that protect adolescent girls and young women from SGBV, Child Marriage and harmful practices such as FGM. The training was aimed at building their capacities to be able to identify and report on issues of SGBV among others at the community level to the appropriate institutions. The facilitation was done by the Regional Director of the Department of Gender. This was held in Tamale at Naat Hotel on 27th April 2023.

4.The Department again in collaboration with Norsaac undertook a training on gender transformation and gender mainstreaming for community leaders and opinion leaders within the Tamale Metropolis. The training sought to equip community leaders and opinion leaders on gender transformative approaches they can adopt to address issues of gender inequalities at the community level. The training was facilitated by the Regional Director and a total of 12 community leaders made up of 8 men and 4 women participated in the training session. This was held on 2nd May 2023 in Tamale at Mariam Centre.

5.On May 5th 2023, the Department again partnered with an NGO, Savanna Signatures to hold discussions on Violence against Men. The Regional Director led a live radio discussion, which was also streamed live on Savanna Signatures’ Social Media handle on Facebook. It was meant to educate listeners on violence against men and that; violence is not limited to only women. Men also suffer violence in the hands of their spouses as well and the society. Because of the patriarchal system and perceived ego of men, they usually go unreported. Men were encouraged to report cases of abuse/violence that they suffer.

6.The Department in collaboration with University for Development Studies Womens’ Commission (WOCOM) and SHE+, as part of SRC Week celebration on 21st June 2023, sensitized the student body of UDS, mainly female on sexual harassment. How to deal with sexual harassment and SGBV on campus and outside campus, especially in the wake of reported rape cases at private students’ residence/hostels outside campus. The Department took participants through a session on what constitute sexual harassment and how to deal/resist them. Reporting mechanisms using the UDS internal mechanisms and external helplines including the BOAME app. In all, over 200 young ladies and 40 males participated in the event. This was held at the UDS Andani Auditorium in Tamale.

7.The Department in Coordination with the Domestic Violence Secretariat – MoGCSP and UNFPA organized two days training workshop of Market Executives and Communities Representative as paralegals in the area of Domestic/Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Child Marriage and other Abuses. The purpose of this engagement was to equip market executives as paralegals to serve as advocates and first point of call on emerging issues of Sexual and Gender Based Violence and all forms of abuses that happen within the Market Premises can be reported. This was held at the Modern City Hotel – Tamale on the 20th June and 21st June 2023 for the training, and a public Durbar on 22nd June at the Aboabo Market.

8.The Department, with Financial Support from MEDA GROW2 Project organized the first and second quarter Regional Gender Support Network as a forum for partners and members of the network to present their key achievements and activities on gender related issues and a possible coordination and mainstreaming of Gender related activities. The Gender Support Network is also to help key stakeholders coordinate activities in gender mainstreaming and to consolidate the impacts of their activities on Gender equality and Social Inclusion outcomes and the support in the revival and strengthening of the Gender Support Network. This was held at the Tamale National Youth Authority center and Institute of Local Government Conference Hall formally Workers College Conference Hall respectively on Tuesday, 28th March 2023 and Thursday, 20th July 2023.

9.The Department with Financial Support from USAID RING II Project embarked on supportive supervisory visits to RING II beneficiary Districts and Municipals to supervise activities implemented by the District Gender Desk Officers (GDOs) under the RING II project. The department also sought to evaluate the level of activity implementation to provide technical support where needed in order to ensure project purpose, as far as nutrition and gender components concerned are realized. The districts visited were Yendi, Mion, Gushegu, Karaga, Nanton and Sagnerigu.

10.The Department with Financial support from USAID RING II Project embarked on a second supportive supervisory visits to RING II beneficiary communities in the various district and municipal assemblies to supervise activities implemented by the district Gender Desks Officers (GDOs) in the beneficiary communities. The department sought to evaluate the impact of the activities implemented by GDOs on beneficiary communities as well as women and children under 5years. The Department also provided some level of encouragement, education and support to ensure that the purpose of the project as far as nutrition and gender is concerned are accomplished. The district visited were, Karaga, Gushegu, Yendi, Nanton, Mion and Sagnerigu. This was done in the first and second weeks of September, 2023.

11.The Department in Collaboration with Tiyumba Hope Foundation – THF (an NGOs) held a community Durbar on Gender Based Violence. The program was facilitated by the Department of Gender and discussions centered on the various forms of SGBV in the community and how community members can help to identify, prevent and report cases of SGBV. The program recorded attendance of over 100 participants (60 males and 52 females). This was held at the forecourt of the Chief Palace of the Woribogu Community in the Tolon District on 20th August, 2023.

12.The Department in Collaboration with MEDA GROW2 Project organized a two day Training of Trainers (ToT) on Gender Equality Champions (GEC) Methodology. The training was aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of selected District Gender Desks Officers to facilitate training at the community level for men, as Gender Equality Champions (GECs). They were trained on the use of the Gender Equality Training Manual to equip them with tools necessary for effective advocacy for community support and women’s socioeconomic empowerment. This training was targeting the Gender Desk Officers at the implementing districts and partners, a total of 18 participants made up of 15 females and 3 males.  The training was held on 19th and 20th September, 2023 at Global Dreams Hotel – Tamale.

13.The Department in collaboration with MEDA GROW2 project again organized a Consultative Forum with the Traditional Leadership of Zabzugu district on availability and accessibility of land for smallholder female farmers in the district. The consultative forum was aimed at engaging and educating the traditional leadership and authorities in the Zabzugu District on the benefit it brings to the family and the community at large if women are allowed or permitted to own land for farming. The consultative forum was held at the Zabzugu District Assembly Conference Hall on the 26th September, 2023.

14.The Department in Collaboration with MEDA GROW2 Project organized a two day Training of Trainers (ToT) on Gender Equality Champions (GEC). The training was aimed to improve the knowledge and skills of the men on Gender Equality, SGBV and Child Marriage. This was held on October 2023 at Mion District. A total of 25 men were trained.

15.The Department in Collaboration with SWIDA (an NGO’s) held a Radio Discussions on Child Marriage and Sexual Abuse of young girls. The purpose of the Radio Sessions was to educate the public on the negative effects and implications of Sexual Abuse and Child Marriage on the young girls in the Region and the need for community members to support in addressing these issues. This was held at Radio Savanna- Tamale on the 8th November 2023.

16.The Department coordinated the National launch of this year’s (2023) 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence organized by the MoGCSP in collaboration with its development partners, the event took the form of a walk through some principal street in Tamale on 25th November 2023. The theme for the year was ‘UNITE’ Activism to end violence against women and girls. The launch of the 16 days was to raise public awareness and prevent issues of Gender Based Violence which predominantly affect women and girls.

17.The Department in collaboration with Norsaac as part of the 16 Days of Activism held a community engagement and sensitization of Religious leaders, Traditional Authorities, Women group leaders, Youth leaders and students on SGBV and Child Marriage. This was held at the Sagnerigu Chief’s Palace in the Sagnerigu District on the 29th November, 2023. Over 150 community members were engaged.

18.The Department in collaboration with Pagaba Saha as part of the 16 Days of Activisms held a community engagement and sensitization of Religious leaders, Traditional Authorities, Women group leaders, Youth leaders and Students on SGBV and Child Marriage. This was held at the Pong Tamale in the Savelugu District on the 29th November, 2023. Over 200 community members were engaged and sensitized.

19.The Department in collaboration with Young Urban Women Movement (YUWM) organized a community engagement in the Kpeni Community in the Sagnerigu District on SGBV Prevention and Child Marriage. This was held in the Kpeni Community on the 6th of December, 2023.

20.The Department of Gender and the Department of Social Welfare participated in two joint monitoring organized by LEAP Secretariat in the Region. The visit was to validate and make payment to the 189 households’ women who are LEAP beneficiaries in 6 communities in the Saboba District. Under the digital financial and production inclusion project. These women were trained they on Guinea Fowl Rearing, Groundnut Processing, Rice Parboiling and Soup making. The communities covered are Nalogni, Masijona, Namongbani, Gbangbangpong, Nayundo and Sambuli. This initiative is aim at making them financially independent as well as a process toward weaning them off the LEAP program. The monitoring visit was undertaking by the team on 30th and 31st August 2023 on the first visit, with the repeat visit on 6th and 7th December 2023.

CHALLENGES

The Department is inundated with challenges such as

  • Inadequate funds to carry out activities in annual work plan.
  • Difficulty in reaching some districts to discharge its duties due to the vast nature of the region.
  • Inadequate knowledge on counseling
  • The issue of child marriage, Teenage Pregnancy, Parental irresponsibility, Gender Based Violence continues to be challenging issue in our gender work. It is not as a result of lack of knowledge in most of these afore-mentioned issues, changing attitudes remain the most challenging,

CONCLUSION

 Despite the challenges facing the Department, the year witnessed relevant collaborations with partners, and following the successes from the collaboration and financial supports that went on with partners in the Region. However, a lot more could be achieved if more resources are committed to the activities of the Department on a timely and regular basis.

 RECOMMENDATION

 In order to achieve the mandate of the department, we recommend the following

  • Staffing situation for the Secretariat should be improved upon. Thus the employment of additional assistant programme officers, a driver, secretary, messenger/cleaner to reduce the burden on the few staff.
  • DGDOs at the district level are on secondment and not permanently on the Gender schedule. This makes it difficult for institutional memory retention and continuity.
  • Enough funding should be made available for activities at the Regional level.
  • Regional staff be taken through counseling training to enhance our skills in counseling services to clients.
  • The need for more and frequent sensitizations on the effects of child marriage with all stakeholders to address the issue which is affecting a lot of young girls in it.

WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS ATTENDED FOR THE YEAR 2023

The Department of Gender as a key stakeholder in advancing the issues of gender was invited to participate in the following programmes:

 

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LOCATION

SPONSORS START DATE END DATE
JANUARY 2023
1. Launch of  EWN Elevate Project UDS - Tamale UDS Auditorium UDS- Tamale 14th January 2023 14th January 2023
2. Regional Level Dialogue for NFM IV(4) CCM Ghana NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale CCM Ghana 18th January 2023 18th January 2023
FEBRUARY 2023
3. A Forum on Promoting Girls Education in Ghana STAR Ghana Foundation Global Dream Hotel – Tamale STAR Ghana Foundation 2nd February 2023 2nd February 2023
4. Dissemination Workshop : Action, Research on Inter-generational , Inter-Religious, Peace Building in Northern Ghana CRS Mariam Hotel – Tamale CRS 9th February 2023 9th February 2023
5. Stakeholder Consultative Workshop to develop a National Roadmap for Mainstreaming Gender into Social Protection Programming and Delivery MoGCSP Modern City Hotel – Tamale MoGCSP 13rd February 2023 14th February 2023
6. Master Class on Conflict Transformation and Human Security as an Approach to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism CRS Mariam Hotel – Tamale CRS 14th February 2023 16th February 2023
7. SRHR and SGBV and Family Planning Training Norsaac Mariam Centre – Tamale Norsaac 15th February 2023 15th February 2023
8. Political Economic Analysis Workshop CRS Mariam Hotel - Tamale CRS 27th February 2023 28th February 2023
MARCH 2023
9. Strengthening Agriculture Market System through the Adoption of Fiscal Solution among Women in Northern Ghana

 

 

USAID – Feed the Future Modern City Hotel – Tamale USAID – Feed the Future 8th March 2023 8th March 2023
10. Visit of UNICEF/UNFPA Team in the Northern Region on the promoting adolescent safe space (Pass) Project and Courtesy call on the Honourable Regional Minister NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale NRCC 21st March 2023 21st March 2023
11. Regional Child Protection Forum Children Believe Tama Conference Hall – Tamale Children Believe 23rd March 2023 23rd March 2023
12. Stakeholders Consultative Workshop on the Development of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights CHRAJ - Tamale Modern City Hotel – Tamale CHRAJ - Tamale 29th March  2023 29th March 2023
13. Capacity Building on Strengthening Community Systems for Protection from SGBV / TB Domestic Violence Secretariat & CHAG Radach Lodge and Conference – Tamale Domestic Violence Secretariat & CHAG 30th March 2023 31st March 2023
APRIL 2023
14. RPCU RING II Meeting RPCU- Tamale NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale RPCU- Tamale 11th April 2023 11th April 2023
15. Training of Professional Administration Practice CIAMC Radach Lodge and Conference – Tamale CIAMC 28th April 2023 28th April 2023
MAY 2023
16. R.C Meeting to Discuss the Lynching of 2 persons accused of witchcraft at Zakpalsi in Mion District R.C AAG Conference Hall – Tamale R.C 8th May 2023 8th May 2023
17. RCC Management Meeting NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale NRCC 15th May 2023 15th May 2023
18. Civil Service Scheme of  Service Training on Performance Management System of the Civil Service Office of Civil Service Online – Zoom Office of Civil Service 15th May 2023 19th May 2023
JUNE 2023
19. Meeting to Discuss Staff  Nominal Roll CAGD- Tamale NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale CAGD- Tamale 1st June 2023 1st June 2023
20. Strengthening RPCU/DPCD Members  Multisectoral Nutrition & Resilience Planning & Budgeting USAID- RING II & NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale USAID- RING II & NRCC 5th June 2023 5th June 2023
21. 1st and 2nd Quarter RCPC Meeting Department of Children – Tamale NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale Department of Children – Tamale 7th June 2023 7th June 2023
22. Training of Market Executives and Communities rep as Paralegals in the area of Domestic/Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Child Marriage and other Abuses Domestic Violence Secretariat & UNFPA Modern City Hotel – Tamale Domestic Violence Secretariat & UNFPA 20th June 2023 21st June 2023
23. 10th Northern Regional Committee on Micro and Small Enterprises Promotion (RECOMEP) Meeting

 

NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale NRCC 27th June 2023 27th June 2023
JULY 2023
24. Northern Regional Project Steering Committee Meeting Governance for Inclusive Development (GOVID) Programme GIZ & NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale GIZ & NRCC 5th July 2023 6th July 2023
25. Penplusbytes Social Accountability Forum Penplusbytes & SEND Ghana & Songtaba Nim Avenue Hotel – Tamale Penplusbytes & SEND Ghana & Songtaba 5th July 2023 5th July 2023
26. Greater Rural Opportunities for Women 2 (GROW2) Project Launch MEDA- Ghana Mariam Hotel – Tamale MEDA- Ghana 6th July 2023 6th July 2023
27. Trainers of Training ( ToT) on Framework and Toolkits for Engaging Men and Boys on Gender Equality UNDP & MoGCSP Sun Lodge Hotel – Tesano – Accra UNDP 6th July 2023 6th July 2023
28. MEDA GROW2 Project Steering  Committee Meeting MEDA- Ghana Mariam Hotel – Tamale MEDA- Ghana 7th July 2023 7th July 2023
29. Paralegal Training by GIZ and MoGCSP GIZ and MoGCSP Pioneer Lodge – Tamale GIZ 12th July 2023 14th July 2023
30. RPCU Meeting NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale NRCC 20th July 2023 20th July 2023
31. Stakeholder Workshop on connecting Rural to Urban food system  in Ghana for food Sovereignty by RAD. RAD RAD Conference Hall – Tamale RAD 27th July 2023 27th July 2023
32. Stakeholder Advocacy Session on the citizen generated Data by SWIDA Ghana

 

 

SWIDA- Ghana SWIDA Ghana Conference Hall – Tamale SWIDA – Ghana 28th July 2023 28th July 2023
AUGUST 2023

 

33. One day Zonal Dialogue forum on the 2023 District level election (DLE) and MMDA’s fiscal Sustainability for effective local Governance LOGNet Modern City Hotel- Tamale LOGNet 3rd August 2023 3rd August 2023
34. USAID RING II G2G FY24 Work plan and Budget Development by RING II Strengthening and NRCC USAID and NRCC Pioneer Lodge and Conference – Tamale USAID RING II 8th August 2023 10th August 2023
35. NRCC Management Meeting NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale NRCC 14th August 2023 14th August 2023
36. Invitation to Northern Development forum by NRCC and NDPC NRCC and NDPC Modern City Hotel – Tamale NDPC and NRCC 15th August 2023 15th August 2023
37. Invitation to SIGRA GHANA Project Briefing Session SIGRA Ghana Modern City Hotel – Tamale SIGRA Ghana 17th August 2023 17th August 2023
38. Commissioning of the Tamale

International Airport (TIA) by the H.E Vice President

NRCC Forecourt of Tamale International Airport NRCC 22nd August 2023 22nd August 2023
SEPTEMBER 2023
39. Workshop to design a Comprehensive Radio Programme for the Grow2 Project by MEDA Grow2 MEDA Grow2 Project Global Dreams Hotel- Tamale MEDA Grow2 Project 5th September 2023 6th September 2023
40. Workshop on awareness creation on unpaid care work by MEDA GROW2 Project MEDA Grow2 Project Global Dreams Hotel- Tamale MEDA Grow2 Project 12th September 2023 12th September 2023
41. RICCS Meeting by Environmental Health Unit – EHU – NRCC

 

 

 

EHU- NRCC NRCC Conference Hall – Tamale EHU- NRCC 13th September 2023 13th September 2023
42. Coordination meeting of the Regional Coordinating Council – NRCC with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) NRCC Pioneer Lodge and Conference - Tamale NRCC 19th September 2023 20th September 2023
43. Stakeholders Review Meeting of the Essential Service Package by the D.V. Secretariat Domestic Violence Secretariat- MoGCSP Sun Lodge Hotel- Accra Domestic Violence Secretariat- MoGCSP 19th September 2023 19th September 2023
44. Stakeholders Engagement Workshop on the Performance Accountability Activity Project Democratic International and Norsaac Mariam Hotel - Tamale Democratic International and Norsaac 27th September 2023 27th September 2023
OCTOBER 2023
45. Northern Sector National Consulting on NGO Shadow Report to Ghana 8th and 9th periodic report to the UN CEDAW Committee WILDAF Pioneer Lodge and Conference – Tamale WILDAF 2nd October 2023 3rd October 2023
46. Training of  Trainers workshop on the Gender Action Learning System ( GALs) Methodology MEDA Grow2 Project America Royal Hotel- Tamale MEDA Grow2 Project 12th October 2023 14th October 2023
47. Community Dialogue Series on Social Protection and other Social Issues MoGCSP Zakpalsi – Mion District

Gbullum- Kumbungu District

MoGCSP 23rd October 2023 24th October 2023
48. A dissemination Workshop on a Contextual Analysis of Civilian Security Services Challenges in Ghana and the link to violent extremism CRS Mariam Hotel- Tamale CRS 24th October 2023 24th October 2023
49. Public Forum on media and women’s participation in the 2023 District level Elections in Ghana MFWA/Norsaac GNAT Hall – Tamale MFWA/Norsaac 25th October 2023 25th October 2023
50. Invitation to Opening Celebration at Regional Women Icon Exhibition Ghana Export Promotion Authority- GEPA Jubilee Pack - Tamale Ghana Export Promotion Authority-GEPA 26th October 2023 28th October 2023
NOVEMBER 2023
51. RING II Regional Team Meeting by NRPCU – NRCC NRPCU – NRCC NRCC Conference Hall- Tamale NRPCU – NRCC 3rd November 2023 3rd November 2023
52. WFP- UNFPA Youth Consultation on Strengthening Food Systems to promote increased Chain Employment Opportunities for Youth UNFPA/NRCC Global Dream Hotel – Tamale UNFPA/NRCC 8th November 2023 8th November 2023
53. One Day Validation Workshop on Gender Analysis in the Agric Value Chain by WFP WFP Radach Lodge Hotel – Tamale WFP 8th November 2023 8th November 2023
54. District Level Engagement to share findings on GBV Project Implemented by Song-Ba Empowerment Centre Song-Ba Empowerment Centre Song-Ba Empowerment Centre 14th November 2023 14th November 2023
55. Sensitization Workshop on the European Union- Ghana Economic Partnership Agreement ( EU – Ghana EPA) Ministry of Trade and Industries Modern City Hotel – Tamale Ministry of Trade and Industries 15th November 2023 15th November 2023
56. Stakeholder Workshop and Dialogue on Sustainable Land Management in Northern Ghana WASCAL UDS- GUSSS Conference Hall – Tamale WASCAL 15th November 2023 16th November 2023
57. Graduation, Catalyst Fund and TARA Award Ceremony Youth Challenge International – YCI Norsaac Premises Youth Challenge International - YCI 15th November 2023 15th November 2023
58. 2023 World Children’s Day Celebration by Department of Children and MoGCSP MoGCSP UDS Conference Hall – Tamale MoGCSP 20th November 2023 20th November 2023
59. Second Stakeholder Workshop and Dialogue on Sustainable Land Management in Northern Ghana

 

 

WASCAL UDS- GUSSS Conference Hall – Tamale WASCAL 22nd  November 2023 23rd November 2023
60. Invitation to a Meeting on Introducing the “ Championing Nutrition and Gender Equality (CHANGE)” PROJECTS NRCC & Children Believe NRCC Conference Hall  - Tamale NRCC & Children Believe 23rd November 2023 23rd November 2023
61. Invitation to Regional Stakeholder Consultation on Draft National Policy on Religion

 

 

Regional House of Chief’s- Tamale Global Dream Hotel – Tamale Regional House of Chief’s – Tamale 23rd November 2023 23rd November 2023
62. CAMFED Ghana National Annual General Meeting CAMFED Ghana Mariam Hotel – Tamale CAMFED Ghana 23rd November 2023 23rd November 2023
63. National Walk and Media Launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence DV. Secretariats- MoGCSP Jubilee / Police Park – Tamale DV. Secretariats- MoGCSP 25th November 2023 25th November 2023
64. Northern Sector Consultative forum on the Passage of the Affirmative Action Bill Women and Orphans Movement (WOM) Estee Crystal Hotel – Bolga Women and Orphans Movement (WOM) 29th November 2023 30th November 2023
DECEMBER 2023
65. Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Training of Trainers (ToT) and Peer Learning Workshop RING System Strengthening American Royal Hotel – Tamale RING System Strengthening 4th December 2023 5th December 2023
66. End Sexual Violence Conference 2023 ( In Commemoration of 16 Days of Activism) SWIDA Ghana Tamale Technical University Conference Hall – Tamale SWIDA Ghana 4th December 2023 4th December 2023
67. Invitation to the Expanded Regional Coordinating Council Meeting NRCC Tamale Metropolitan Assembly Conference Hall – Tamale NRCC 5th December 2023 5th December 2023
68. Invitation to attend a Trade Fair with key Suppliers in areas linked to women’s business plans and financial assistance to the women for their entrepreneurship activities Shea Network Ghana(SNG)/Tunteiya Women’s Association/OXFAM Jubilee / Police Park – Tamale Shea Network Ghana(SNG)/Tunteiya Women’s Association/OXFAM 5th December, 2023 5th December, 2023
69. Joint Monitoring On Validation and Payment of Digital Financial and Productive Inclusion Pilot for Leap Beneficiaries in Saboba District

 

MoGCSP/WFP Saboba District – Northern Region MoGCSP/WFP 6th December, 2023 7th December, 2023
70. Invitation to a stakeholder’s forum to commemorate 2023 International Anti – Corruption Day Ghana Integrity Initiative – GII Centre for Pastoral Formation ( Pastoral Centre) - Tamale Ghana Integrity Initiative – GII 12th December, 2023 12th December, 2023
71. High-Level Dialogue on Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Cultural Practices in Ghana MoGCSP Best Western Premier Hotel- Accra MoGCSP 13th December, 2023 13th December, 2023
72. Invitation to Consultation and Planning for the Change Project Children Believe Pioneer Lodge and Conference- Tamale Children Believe 14th December, 2023 14th December, 2023
73. National Stakeholder Meeting on Ending Child Marriage in Ghana MoGCSP Pempamsie Hotel & Conference – Capecoast MoGCSP 14th December, 2023 15th December, 2023
74. Training of Trainers Workshop on the National Framework for Engaging Traditional Authorities and Faith Base Organisations to address gender inequalities and harmful cultural practices in Ghana National Department of Gender under MoGCSP Sun lodge Hotel- Accra National Department of Gender under MoGCSP 19th December, 2023 19th December, 2023
75. One-day capacity building workshop training on how to use the child marriage information portal. MoGCSP Sun lodge Hotel- Accra MoGCSP 29th December, 2023 29th December, 2023

APPENDIX

BELOW ARE THE PICUTURES/IMAGES OF PROGRAMS ORGANISED/COLLABORATED FOR THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW

First Quarter Regional Gender Support Network Meeting at National Youth Authority Tamale

Second Quarter Regional Gender Support Network Meeting at Institute of Local Government Tamale

 Capacity Building on the Strengthening Community Systems for Protection from SGBV and HIV/TB  At Radach Lodge and Conference Tamale.

 Identified and Trained 10 young persons (6 Male and 4 Female) at the district level selected from five districts to serve as Smart Youth Journalists at Naat Hotel Tamale.

 

Training workshop of Market Executives and Communities Representative as paralegals in the area of

Domestic/Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Child Marriage and other Abuses at Modern City Hotel, Tamale

 

 

Supportive Supervision Visit to Sagnerigu Municipal Assembly Gender Desk Officer to supervise their implemented RING activities and provide technical Support to them.

Supportive Supervision Visit to Gushegu Municipal Assembly Gender Desk Officer to supervise their implemented  RING activities and provide technical Support to them.

Supportive Supervision Visit to Yendi Municipal Assembly Gender Desk Officer to supervise their implemented  RING activities and provide technical Support to them.

 

Interactions with Gender modeled Families’ in the Narung Community in the Sagnerigu District

During the Supportive Supervision Visit

 

Interactions with the Gender Modeled Families in the Kpeni Community in the Sagnerigu District

During the Supportive Supervision Visit

Interactions with some women groups in the Sang Community in the Mion District

During the Supportive Supervision Visit

Interactions with some women groups in the Shebo Community in the Karaga District

During the Supportive Supervision Visit

Consultative Forum with the Traditional Leadership of Zabzugu District facilitated by the Department of Gender

Training of Trainers (ToT) on Gender Equality Champions (GEC) Methodology facilitated by the Department of Gender

Joint Monitoring On Validation and Payment of Digital Financial and Productive Inclusion Pilot for Leap

Beneficiaries in Saboba District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2024

INTRODUCTION

 The Department of Gender, for the first quarter implemented a number of activities aimed at bridging the gender gap in our development process. The Department with its mandate to ensure gender equality and equity across all levels of the development process participated in a number of activities organized by partners and collaborators in the Region to address gender issues as well as improve the lives and wellbeing of women and other vulnerable groups in the communities. The Department also participated in radio discussions on topics/issues affecting the marginalized groups of our society who are predominantly women and children.

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2024

 The Department for the first quarters carried out the following activities that are aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of women and other marginalized groups.

1.The Department in Collaboration with the Centre for Research and Development Alternative (CREDA) organized a Sensitization Workshop for Young Women and Adolescent Girls (YWAG) with Disabilities on Gender-Based Violence and Legal or Policy Provisions on the Rights and Responsibilities of Persons with Disability. The workshop sought to increase awareness and knowledge of YWAG on their fundamental human rights, increase awareness of YWAG on the concept of GBV and its related issues, and increase awareness of the channels and processes of seeking redress for GBV cases. This was done in three Districts in the Northern Region and they are Sagnerigu, Kpandai, and Nanumba South Districts. In attendance were 15 PWDs in each District. This was held at Ashcal Hotel, Tamale, Kpandai, and Wulensi District Assembly Hall on the 23rd of February, 1st and 2nd of March 2024 respectively.

2.The Department in Collaboration with the Centre for Research and Development Alternative (CREDA) organized a Sensitization Workshop for Parents/Guardians of Children and Adolescents with Disabilities on protecting and prioritizing their upbringing. The Workshop seeks to increase parents/guardian's awareness of the fundamental human rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and GBV, increase their awareness of the social misconceptions about gender and disability and the need to have a change of mindset, and also to improved parents/guardians knowledge on nurturing children and persons with disability. This was done in three Districts in the Northern Region and they are Sagnerigu, Kpandai, and Nanumba South Districts. In attendance were 2 PWDs leaders in each District, 6 Males and 17 Females. This was held at Tiicls Guest, Tamale, Kpandai and Nanumba South District Assembly Hall on the 26th of March, 27th and 28th of March 2024 respectively.

3.The Department in Collaboration with SWIDA (an NGO’s) organized an advocacy session on unpaid care work and effect of using women's time for productive activities. The session sought to build the understanding of different economic groups of women in the region on the importance of unpaid care and its effect on their economic ventures, improved their skills in engagement with household and family members to support in-home level support to reduce and redistribute care work to safe women time for productive activities and encourage women to transfer their skills and knowledge of care work into potential income generating activities. In attendance were 50 participants (45 Women and 5 Men). This was held at Regional Library, Tamale on 22nd January, 2024.

4.The Department in collaboration with Savana Signatures organized a Forum to Mark International Women’s Day 2024. The forum conference seeks to chart a course toward enhancing economic inclusivity for women and girls, which specifically, focuses on empowering local women entrepreneurs and young business owners including those with disabilities. The Forum sought to highlight the importance of economic empowerment in achieving gender equality, provide a platform for networking and collaboration among local women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on overcoming barriers to economic inclusion, with a focus on women with disabilities, showcase success stories and best practices in women entrepreneurship and economic empowerment and to inspire and empower women to pursue entrepreneurship and leadership roles in their communities. In attendance were 56 participants (20 PWDs, 5 Males and 31 Females). This was held on the 8th of March 2024 at the Chief Alhassan Hall, Savana Signatures, Tamale.

5.The Department and Regional Gender Support Network in collaboration with Savana Signatures organized a Radio Discussion under the theme: Count Her In: Accelerating Gender Equality through Economic Empowerment to Mark International Women’s Day. The discussions were centered on how to enhance and champion economic inclusiveness for women and girls, particularly in rural areas. This was held at Zaa Radio, Tamale on the 8th of March, 2024.

6.The Department in collaboration with MEDA GROW2 Project organized a Radio Discussions on Women Leadership and Participation in decision making. The purpose of the discussions was to solicit support from community members for increased women participation in leadership and decision making at the community level. This was held at Radio Savanna on the 18th of March 2024.

7.The Department with Financial Support from the USAID RING II Project and MEDA GROW2 Project organized the First Quarter Regional Gender Support Network Meeting. The Meeting was sought to finalize discussions on the committee's work that was formed in the last Quarter meeting, prepare a work plan for the network, and build of Database of NGOs/CSOs working in the area of Gender/Women Empowerment in the Region. The NGOs/CSOs also had the opportunity to present their achievement for the last two Quarters of 2023 on Gender and Women Empowerment. In attendance were 40 participants (35 Women and 5 Men). This was held at Regional Library, Tamale on the 28th of March, 2024.

CHALLENGES

The Department is faced with challenges such as

 

  • Inadequate funds to carry out activities in the annual work plan.
  • Lack of fuel resources to carry out Monitoring & Evaluation of activities
  • Difficulty in reaching some districts to discharge mandate due to the vast nature of the region.
  • Inadequate capacity on counseling
  • The issue of child marriage, Teenage Pregnancy, Parental irresponsibility, Gender Based Violence continues to be challenging issue in our gender work.

 CONCLUSION

 Despite the challenges that the Department is facing, the First Quarter of 2024 was fruitful following the successes from the collaboration that went on with partners in the Region. However, a lot more could be achieved if more resources are committed to the activities of the Department on a timely and regular basis.

 RECOMMENDATION

 In order to achieve the mandate of the department, we recommend the following

  • Staffing situation for the Secretariat should be improved upon. Thus the employment of additional assistant programme officers, a driver, secretary, messenger/cleaner to reduce the burden on the few staff.
  • DGDOs at the district level are on secondment and not permanently on the Gender schedule. This makes it difficult for institutional memory retention and continuity.
  • Enough funding should be made available for activities at the Regional level.
  • Regional staff be taken through counseling training to enhance our skills in counseling services to clients.
  • The need for more and frequent sensitizations on the effects of child marriage with all stakeholders to address the issue which is affecting a lot of young girls in it.

 APPENDIX

 Below are the photos/pictures of the activities achieved for the first quarters of 2024

Sensitization Workshop for Young Women and Adolescent Girls (YWAG) with Disabilities on Gender-Based Violence and Legal or Policy Provisions on the Rights and Responsibilities of Persons with Disability.

Sensitization Workshop for Parents/Guardians of Children and Adolescents with Disabilities on protecting and prioritizing their upbringing.

 An advocacy session on unpaid care work and effect of using women's time for productive activities.

 

 Radio Discussion under the theme: Count Her In: Accelerating Gender Equality through Economic Empowerment to Mark International Women’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter Regional Gender Support Network Meeting to Discussed Gender Equality, Women Empowerment and Nut