Public Engagement and Advocacy Officer for the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), Juliana Amoako Twum has advised young females to be confident in taking up roles in areas classified as “male-dominated trades”.
Speaking to Univers News, Juliana Amoako Twum attributed the reluctance of women to take up these jobs in these areas to gender barriers and negative norms that continue to persist in Ghanaian society.
We’ve realized that even tough there’s prospects for women to participate and thrive there, some barriers such as social norms, cultural beliefs, public perceptions and impediments have prevented young people from participating in these sectors even when their interested.
Touching on the relevance of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Scheme in Ghana, Juliana Twum encouraged the youth to take advantage of the initiative, to enable them to acquire entrepreneurial skills for the future.
TVET is not for the school drop out, TVET is not poor, these are myths and misconceptions, TVET is rather the backbone of every national development. Indeed a lot of research has shown that TVET is the right way to go for the future.
We’re believing that through our sensitization and education, those who show up and say they’re interested and want to be supported through our scholarship schemes they’ll be supported, after going through the laid down procedures
The World University Service of Canada (WUSC), is an international non-governmental organization that seeks to create a better world for young people across the globe.
WUSC currently has developed a 5-year project, known as the “ INVEST Project,” targeted at building sustainable pathways to enhance economic empowerment, well-being, and inclusive growth for young women in Ghana by supporting them to enter and thrive within high-growth, male-dominated trades.
The WUSC also has several interventions, including scholarship schemes.
Story by: Afua Adwubi Wiafe Akenteng | univers.ug.edu.gh