Program launched to create 2,500 jobs for women
Program launched to create 2,500 jobs for women

Program launched to create 2,500 jobs for women

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Yesterday an entrepreneurship program called “Women Entrepreneurship for Africa Program” (WE4A) was started in Accra.

The aim is to create 2,500 jobs and to secure 5,035 existing jobs for women-owned companies.

The program is also designed to improve the economic inclusion and empowerment of women to create decent jobs in African economies.

It is carried out by the GIZ (German Agency for International Development) in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique.

The program is funded by the German government, co-financed by the European Union, the Organization of the States of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean and German Cooperation (BMZ) and supported by the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

At the end of the almost three-year project, some of the participants would receive a minimum of 10,000 euros and a maximum of 50,000 euros for expanding their business.

The country director of GIZ, Regina Bauerochse Barbosa, said in her remarks that the economic empowerment of women for Africa continues to be a very important topic.

According to the National Employment Report, almost 60 percent of all workers in Ghana are employed in the informal sector (Ghana Statistical Service 2015).

Ms. Bauerochse explained that empowering women means that they can develop their self-esteem, make their own decisions and influence decisions.

“The ideals of this intervention align perfectly with the priorities of the Ghanaian government as set out in coordinated economic and social development policy programs (2017-2024) that aim to address issues such as poverty and inequality, unemployment, the informal economy and gender equality to tackle, “she added.

She said the program also aims to increase the number of African women entrepreneurs who have improved their business capacities and had access to formal financial services for job creation in their communities.

The Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Linda Ofori-Kwafo, encouraged policymakers to tackle negative norms and promote positive role models, ensure legal protection and reform discrimination laws and regulations.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr. Patrick Yaw Nimo, emphasized the need to support young women in creating jobs, earning their own income and developing the economy.

The executive director of the Ghana Enterprises Agency, Ms. Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, represented by her deputy Ms. Anna Armo-Himbson, praised the German government’s initiative.

Ms. Yankey-Aye pledged the agency to work with sponsors to ensure more women get involved in entrepreneurship to create jobs and decent jobs in the country.

Macroeconomics and Trade Section Team Leader Timothy Dolan said promoting gender equality and helping youth is a core value of the EU.


The Chief Executive Officer of the Reroy Group, Dr. Kate Quartey-Papafiowho, represented by Ms. Elsie Appau-Klu, mentioned lack of access to credit as one of the main factors affecting women entrepreneurs.

She called for a policy to include women in male dominated areas such as the energy sector.


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