On Thursday November 29, 2018, the Wife of the Vice President of Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Samira Bawumia met with some celebrities in Ghana at the Labadi Beach Hotel for an intimate dinner hosted by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA – Ghana).
Mrs. Bawumia launched the Coalition of People Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGVB), and Harmful Practices (CoPASH) in August this year. CoPASH is a group of agencies, organizations and individuals who are passionate about the rights of women and girls, and who have embarked on efforts to mobilize resources for SGBV victims.
The purpose of CoPASH, therefore, is to bring high-level advocacy and visibility to interventions aimed at preventing and managing gender issues in Ghana, such as child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), SGBV and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).
UNFPA Ghana together with its Goodwill Ambassador Claudia Lumor invited celebrities as well as personalities in the corporate, media and entertainment industries to attend a dinner as well as discuss the issue of sexual and gender based violence. Samira Bawumia as well as UNFPA Country Representative for Ghana, Niyi Ojuolapewere urged the celebrities to use their platforms as influencers to campaign against this issue and fight for the rights of vulnerable women and girls. Media personality AJ Akuoko-Sarpong emceed the event.
Personalities with the likes of Theresa Ayoade, Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh, Santokh Singh, Sacha Okoh, Penelope Jones-Mensah, Stacy Amoateng, Menaye Donkor, Martha Ankomah, DKB, Gloria Sarfo, Rodney Quarcoo, etc graced the event.
Photo credit: Alfred K. Quartey