Accra, Aug. 4, GNA – The NIMBUS Foundation, a women and child rights advocate, has launched the NIMBUS News Magazine in honour of the late Mrs Gladys Asmah, the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Takoradi.
The magazine would offer a platform to highlight the advancement of women empowerment and rights of children in the country to achieve gender parity.
It would recommend the way forward and present a ray of hope to the voiceless and vulnerable in society.
The magazine was launched by Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo, the former MP for Akim Oda.
Madam Joyce Opoku-Boateng, the Chief Executive Officer of the NIMBUS Foundation and the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, noted that women rights issues and female success stories are often neglected, avoided, overlooked and under-reported.
She said: “If reported at all, not treated with the deserved sensitivity and it is the considered view of the Foundation that the lack of, or inadequate publicity of female success stories is disincentive to women advancement.”
Mada Opoku-Boateng said the portrayal of women in a more positive light would encourage more of them to achieve their potential hence the launch of the magazine.
She said an educated constituency of women would form a critical mass to galvanise society for positive socio-economic development.
She, therefore, called for resources for women empowerment for them to appreciate their potential and to assert themselves as substantive contributors in all spheres of national progress.
Madam Opoku-Boateng applauded women who have been entrusted with key positions in Ghana including the Chief Justice, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, and the Electoral Commissioner for their contribution to national development.
She paid special tribute to the late Mrs Asmah and described her as an icon of women empowerment.
“Mrs Asmah is one woman who established two ministries – the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, renamed Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ministry of Fisheries, now Ministry of Fisheries and Aqua Culture.”
The Foundation was established in 2013 to carry out research, advocacy and capacity building to champion the rights of women and children.
These, Madam Opoku-Boaeng said, would help ensure that women and children’s concerns were not only comprehensively mainstreamed into national and local governance structures as well as economic and development agenda, but also allocate commensurate resources to make the needed socio-economic impact.