Global Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA) in partnership with ActionAid Ghana, through the POWER project, has held an experience-sharing and reflection session with women groups in Adaklu as well as facilitators and leaders of Community-based Anti-violence Teams (COMBAT).
The event was aimed at soliciting views on what the project has offered these people as individuals in their various communities. Experiences gained from the POWER project interventions were shared by the women on community by community basis. Per discussions, it was revealed that women in Adaklu Kpodzi are now actively involved in community social gatherings as opposed to the earlier practice where it was predominantly an all-men affair. Until recently, most men in Adaklu Agblefe, who did not like to assist women in house chores and other domestic work, now gladly do so.
In Adaklu Helekpe, for example, crucial community activities like festivals were usually organized with little or no input from women. However due to the intervention by the POWER project, chiefs and stakeholders consider the contributions of the women folk since men don’t speak on their behalf anymore, and things are no longer imposed on them. Women in Adaklu Deavanu attest that after the POWER project, men don’t molest their wives as before.
Adaklu Ahunda Bosso women are now more time-conscious than before while children no longer partake in funerals and wake. In Adaklu Ahunda Kpodzi, child labour was rampant. In addition to this, theft, disrespect towards community elders, among others, were on the rise but these have now subsided considerably. Aziendu Korfe is a community noted for gari processing.
They attest that their training has taught them to package their product well to meet international standards so as to sell on the global market. For Adaklu Wayanu, residents say they have taken up compost making on their farms and have had bumper harvests even without the chemical fertilizers.
Adaklu Kpetsu, until now, engaged chiefly in seasonal farming, but now through “POWER” they are successfully practicing irrigation farming .
As a result of the good lessons learned during the intervention which are yielding results, they are now sharing these with other group members and non group members as well.
The women also had extensive discussions on their collective challenges, achievements and the way forward. Some of these challenges are bush fire, climate change, lack of market and storage facilities, access to good roads, etc.
The Community-based anti violence team (COMBAT) on the other hand, also enumerated some challenges they are faced with in the discharge of their duty as an anti violence team such as difficulty in communication occasioned by poor mobile network coverage, threats to life, identification of members.
Touching on the way forward, both groups called for more education on their fields of work, availability of transport to convey the farm produce, planting trees to provide shade for the plants, among others.
After discussions, the overall achievements chalked by the POWER project in the communities are compost making, decline in unpaid work, drastic reduction in forced marriage, seed storage, access to market, identifying problems and consulting personalities for ideas, product packaging, domestic violence budget tracking and monitoring.
At the event, all groups made an action plan and presentation on the various issues identified, who to consult, how to go about these and the necessary resources and time to kick start the programmes.
Source: Globalfmonline.com/105.1/ Joyce Dzidzor Aforla