UN Women estimate that globally we will not reach gender equality in the highest positions of power for another 130 years.
Across the world, the UK government is working with other nations and civil society organisations to hold Ambassador for a Day competition.
In Ghana, the British High Commission in partnership CAMFED, Plan International Ghana, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched their own Ambassador for a Day competition in February.
The Ambassador for a Day competition provides winners with an opportunity to spend a day with a full-time Ambassador. Each winner will also receive long-term mentoring and care from the Mission they work with.
Together British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson, Norwegian Ambassador, Ingrid Mollestad, French Ambassador Jules Armand Aniambossou and Swiss Ambassador Simone Giger have spent the last month reviewing the applications before deciding on four winners.
Congratulating the winners, British High Commissioner Harriet Thompson said:
“Today of course we celebrate our amazing winners, but we also celebrate every single woman who applied, we celebrate our incredible partners: CAMFED, Plan International Ghana and UNFPA, and we celebrate women and girls the length and breadth of this country. This competition reminds us of the need for equity, the need to create space for equality so that men and women around the world can stand shoulder-to-shoulder.
“This year we celebrate Ambassador for a Day as the UK launches a new Women and Girls Strategy, putting gender equality firmly at the centre of everything we do.”
The competition, which is now in its second year, forms part of the British High Commission’s ‘Africa Gender and Equalities Month’. Throughout March the Mission is marking and celebrating gender and equality by holding roundtables and seminars, sharing the work of partners and holding discussions to interrogate, learn from and understand more about gender and equality in today’s Ghana.
Speaking ahead of the event Norwegian Ambassador, Ingrid Mollestad said:
“Together, we believe the programme will help to bridge the gender inequality gap, and support the empowerment of women in Ghana. I am excited about spending the day with one of the inspiring winners, congratulations to them all.”
The four winners: Wilhelmina Larweh, Tipagya Yahaya, Umar Wasila and Martha Allotey, will join the four Ambassadors and representatives from CAMFED, Plan International and UNFPA at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Accra to formally announce the winners and celebrate their success.
Ahead of the award, winner of the competition Yahaya Shekuratu Tipagya said;
“As an Ambassador for a Day, I have a strong desire to learn from experienced diplomats, thrive in a fast-paced and challenging environment, and develop skills that will contribute to my education and
Another winner Umar Wasila also said; “During my shadowing experience, I am hopeful to learn about the
Ambassador’s role, understand what an Ambassador does and the day-to-day functions at the High Commission-’’
The Ambassador for a Day is a competition that provides a platform for marginalised young women to become leaders and advocates for change. They will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and share their ideas on how a gender-equal future can be shaped.
CAMFED is a pan-African organisation revolutionising how girls’ education is delivered.
About Plan International Ghana
Plan International has been working in Ghana to support children, particularly the most marginalised, to exercise their rights for more than 25 years.
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Their mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.