INT’L WOMEN’S DAY: Spotlight On Linat Osman Kundaribuo, A Gender Activist And Campaigner For Women
Ms. Linat Osman Kundaribuo is a gender activist and campaigner for equal rights and opportunities for girls, young women and teenagers in Ghana.
She is a native of the Upper West Region and the founder and Executive Director of Teen Talk Ghana, a registered Non-Governmental organization which seeks to create safe spaces for teenagers to discuss issues that bother on their welfare, championing the rights of teenagers, young women in the northern part of Ghana.
She is a professional teacher by training and is proficient in languages such as English and French.
She is also a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow (Obama Initiative).
She is using education as well as technology to lead the change in her community. She is currently leading the technological drive with the Girls go Digital project, sponsored by the U. S. Embassy Ghana.
As COVID-19 present a worst scenario with most organizations going digital, its even more important for women to be equipped with digital skills.
The project offers young women between age 12 to 25 years the opportunity to learn Mobile/Web development and robotics (IOT) targeted at bridging the widened gap of gender inequality in STEM related careers.
So far, the project has equipped two hundred and forty-four (244) young women with digital skills within the past five (5) months
Ms. Linat believes that an educated girl is an empowered woman and as such never relent on her oars to make sure that girls in her community are in school. According to her, women are the spine of the economy and any economy that gives priority to women participation flourishes well.
Her favourite saying "I am much more than my body" Give women the right environment and we will succeed as much as our Male counterparts if not more.
As we mark the International Women’s Day today, we celebrate this astute advocate as she has always risen to the challenge in contributing to bridge the gap of gender inequality in her
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith