Every February thousands of women gather together in New York City to explore the critical issues facing women globally. Thanks to a sponsorship from Anglican Women’s Empowerment (AWE), I traveled from my home in Pokuase to New York to speak on a panel at this year’s gathering, the 56thSession of the United Nations’ Conference on the Status of Women. The event confirmed for me that women’s empowerment is not a destination but a lifelong journey.
This year’s conference focused on rural women and their role in eradicating poverty and hunger across the globe. Being born a woman in a rural village automatically puts a lot of obstacles in your path. But I’m certainly not alone on the journey. I was able to personally meet with women leaders like US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice; Melanne Verveer, UN Ambassador at Large for global women’s issues; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee; and Pan-African Women Parliamentarians’ President Gertrude Mogela. I returned to Pokuase inspired and ready to work harder than ever in solidarity with other rural women. I thank the AWE – and all its sponsors and supporters – for making the dream of this rural woman come true.
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