Women for Africa presents its "Ghana Wins!" project in Accra

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Women for Africa presents its "Ghana Wins!" project in Accra

This was the first public presentation of the foundation on the continent 

Friday, 8th March, 2013. The Women For Africa Foundation today presented its project "Ghana Wins!" in Accra. The project’s main aim is to promote leadership and training for women in this African country. 

This was the first public presentation of the foundation in Africa, held on the symbolic date of 8th March, International Women's Day. It was attended by the president, Ms Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, and Mr Emilio Botin, the executive chairman of Banco Santander, which is collaborating in this project, together with other trustees of the foundation. 

Women in Ghana are working actively for the growth of their country, which is one of those experiencing the greatest progress not only in Africa but in the world. The Women For Africa Foundation wishes to accompany them through this transition by means of the "Ghana Wins!" project. This consists of three educational programmes that are being carried out in partnership with Banco Santander through its global division Santander Universidades, and the Universities of Ghana, New York and Winneba. 

The "Ghana Wins!" project will train nearly a hundred women, including healthcare professionals, educators and leaders in the social sphere. These hundred or so women will also carry out 30 projects in their respective fields to help Ghanaian society. 

 

The foundation’s president, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, took part in the presentation on 8th March, International Women's Day, as did Emilio Botin, the chairman of Banco Santander and a trustee of the foundation. New York University’s Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, Debra A. LaMorte, also took part, along with the Dean of the College of Education of the University of Winneba, Rev. Dr. B. Afful, and the Dean of the University of Ghana, Ernestina Donkor. The event was closed by the Minister of Education of the Government of Ghana, Naana Opoku-Agyeman. 

 

After the event, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega and Emilio Botin were received by the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, on the occasion of the launch of the foundation’s project in this African country. The meeting was also attended by the Spanish Ambassador in Ghana, Olga Cabarga. 

Afterwards, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega and the foundation’s trustees present in Accra visited the town of Ahwiam, Ningo, about 40 kilometres from the capital, where another of the Women For Africa Foundation’s projects is to be carried out: "Painting Africa. AWAM (African Women Against Malaria).” 
This activity in collaboration with the CYCA Foundation, which is chaired by the Spanish scientist Pilar Mateo, aims to improve the population’s health by raising awareness and training women to transform their neighbourhood or village into an environment free of diseases, especially malaria.  

 

The Inesfly treatment is part of this process. It involves sanitizing and painting houses with insecticide paint that helps fight malaria, and has already been used successfully against other insect-borne diseases in places like El Chaco in Bolivia. 

 

The schedule for the foundation’s visit to Ghana also includes a meeting with women's organizations and the signing of an agreement with the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) to promote the presence of women in the audiovisual field. This collaboration includes specific action such as providing scholarships for young students and audiovisual coverage of the foundation’s projects in Ghana.

 

The organization will provide the media with news items (visual, graphic and written) to be freely distributed. This material will be available at www.mujeresporafrica.es/prensa-ghana

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