WAWEN Workshop: Women Empowered to Take on Leadership Roles in Education Unions Across West Africa

The West Africa Women in Education Network (WAWEN) recently held a 3-day training workshop in Accra, Ghana, under the theme, "Increasing Women's Participation and Leadership in Education Union". The event, which took place at the Mensvic Grand Hotel, from 4th to 6th June 2024 brought together female educators from across the region to build their capacity for leadership roles within their respective teacher unions.
The workshop featured keynote addresses and panel discussions that emphasized the critical importance of women's representation in union decision-making. "As women, we need to build our capacities to take up key leadership positions within our unions," said Salamatu Aliu of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT). 
Rene Senyo Kwamikorkor, Deputy General Secretary of Ghana's National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), acknowledged the need to encourage more women to participate actively and dedicate specific leadership roles to them. "We appreciate the critical role of women within the leadership structure of NAGRAT – we pledge to encourage more women to participate actively and dedicate specific leadership roles to women," he stated.
The workshop underscored the vital role that education unions play in advocating for improved working conditions, professional development opportunities, and equitable policies in the education sector. By elevating the voices of women in these unions, Education International Africa believes it will strengthen the entire education system to better meet the needs of all educators and students. 
The workshop concluded with the election of a new WAWEN Coordinating Committee, which will be led by Rebecca Ocran Abaidoo as the new Coordinator. Other members include Salimatu Koroma as Assistant Coordinator, Theodora Amanor as Secretary, Magdalene P. Brown as Assistant Secretary, and Vida Sapabil as Resource Mobiliser.
WAWEN's coordinator, Rebecca Ocran Abaidoo, emphasized the importance of women using their leadership positions to build formidable unions. "Women should use their leadership positions to build formidable unions. If women can think it, it can be done," she said. 

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