Young Urban Women Movement held maiden conference in Tamale

Source: Lansah Lolly


The Young Urban Women Movement, young women between the ages of 15 and 34 years across the country are currently working to strengthen the activities of the movement.

The Movement, a Young Urban Women Programme under Actionaid and implemented by Norsaac over the years has mobilized and organized two thousand (2000) young women in Northern and Greater Accra regions and transformed them as key right holder groups employing diverse empowerment programmes and strategies, building alliance with critical actors, networks and supporters to support and advocate for access to decent work, recognition and reduction in their UCW as well as the promotion of their sexual reproductive health rights and services.

They have joined key allies to campaign for these key demands and offered rights based alternatives in cases when the status quo of a particular services provision is deficient or a right is not satisfied.

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In 2016, the Hewlett foundation supported the next phase of the journey; focused on movement building of the YUW in the northern region and Greater Accra toward national level advocacy work on access to decent work, reduction and recognition of UCW as well as the claiming their SRHR. The movement has pursued key national and local level advocacy actions in line with the planned activities under the grant.

At a two day maiden conference in Tamale, the Young Urban Women Movement (YUWM) brainstorm about leadership for movement building, building alliances and funding strategies in support of movement work.

The conference brought together two hundred and fifty (250) young women leaders and key members of the Movement in Greater Accra and Northern region.

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According to the Gender and Governance Manager of NORSAAC, Madam Abubakari Kawusada the conference is to strengthen the young women capacity to move the movement forward for greater national and global impact.

Madam Kawusada said, the young urban women movement after the conference will come out with a communiqué which will be submitted to the President of Ghana through the Northern Regional Minister.

The communiqué will be presented in the present of Department of Gender, and Department of Labour, CSOs and Women’s Groups and Networks which will re-echo the YUW agenda advocacy agenda; on access to Decent Work , Recognition and Reduction of UCW as well as the promotion of the SRHR and services.

Some of the young women shared their experiences with;

Miss Sulemana Sumaya

Miss Zoogah Y Dorcas

Miss Margret Osei


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Source: Lansah Lolly


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