The Starr Woman Dream Edition Project hits the road this February with a series of local and national stakeholder forums as part of its advocacy drive in support of women entrepreneurs with disability.
The first stop for the forum will be Savelugu and Yendi Municipalities in the Northern Region.
The events will be organized separately in the two Municipalities on the 15th and 21st February respectively at 9am prompt.
The Savelugu Township is getting ready to take the first step 15th February, hosting the biggest forum at the Savelugu Assembly’s Conference Hall that will bring together business captains, major civil society organizations, and key government represents both at the district and regional levels and indeed all pro-disability activists in the Region.
Top on the agenda for this gathering will be studying the findings of a baseline survey commissioned by the project on young women entrepreneurs in the two districts as a case study to understanding the seeming barriers for start-ups in general and especially for socially excluded groups like women with disabilities. Government’s pro-business policies and entrepreneurship program as well as social policy related to the disabled will all be on the table for discussion.
Over 200 participants are expected to attend this important forum for building political and social action in support of enforcing provisions of the Disability Act 715 and economically empowering young women with disability.
A mentoring clinic will also be organized for the project’s direct beneficiaries to inspire them out of despondency to boldly embrace business opportunities in their communities and beyond. They will interact with successful women business moguls who will share and show the can-do path to excelling in business in Ghana.
The event is part of a series of advocacy tools being used to articulate the mission of the Starr Woman Dream Edition project, a CRS initiative spearheaded by Starr 103.5FM together with its sister media platforms within the EIB Network supported by a Star Ghana grant. The two and half year project seeks to promote awareness on the systemic challenges facing women entrepreneurs with disability in the country with selective focus on six districts in 3 regions.
“This stakeholder forum kick starts our activity in the Northern Region, where we have identified the population of women entrepreneurs with disability, their challenges and other important data on their operations in a bid to mainstream their activities, thereby raise awareness about their existence, empower their business dreams and reduce the level of deprivation among Ghana’s most vulnerable population” – Project Lead, Eyram Bashan who is also the Group News Editor of The EIB Network intimated.
EIB Network’s General Manager for Radio, Kwasi Anim Adjei says “this is one huge project challenging media to get into the civic space of getting solutions for the numerous problems it reports daily and Starr FM is more than eager to lead the way”.
The project was launched last December and has since taken on a strong pro-disability lobbying stance, engaging various stakeholders on findings of a baseline survey it commissioned on disabled women entrepreneurs in the Northern Region.
Local Partners supporting this forum include NORSAAC, Hope for Future Generations, Ghana Chamber for Young Entrepreneurs, Shea Network, Might FM, Simli Radio, Northern Television among others.
For more enquiries; call Project Administrator – 055 537 3815 or email: