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Mar 10, 2013

March 8th is a day earmarked to celebrate progress made by International community collectively towards women’s empowerment in particular and gender equality in general.

Mar 8, 2013

PRESS RELEASE FOR MARCH 8TH, 2013, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The Ark Foundation, Ghana

“The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum”

March 8th is a day earmarked to celebrate progress made by International community collectively towards women’s empowerment in particular and gender equality in general. It is also a day to highlight areas that requires unique approaches to close the gender inequality gap. It is pertinent to note that gender equality issues have occupied international policy space for several decades now. In the international community’s quest to tackle gender inequality and empower women, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) within the first year of its existence, established the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which has been instrumental in spearheading UN policy on women and gender. Since then different strategies and approaches have been adopted at different times and settings to hammer on gender disparity concerns across the globe. International and local conferences on gender mainstreaming, advocacy, tailor-made projects targeting women and vulnerable in poverty stricken communities, and summits on gender are some of the strategies employed to champion women and girls progress in all spheres of human endeavour. This year’s theme: “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum” therefore resonates well with achievements as well as challenges encountered over the years, in dealing with gender issues in the world.

Evidently, many countries have chalked phenomenal successes in the areas of political, social and economic equalities among both genders. Countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany and other western and pro-liberal democratic countries are the ones that readily come to mind in terms of the promotion of gender equality. Unfortunately, in developing and less developed countries the bracket in which many countries in Africa find themselves, the story is different. Though some countries in Africa have made considerable progress, others are retrogressing due to, corruption, poverty, poor governance and other negative tendencies that hinder development of societies. Several women in Africa are still languishing at the base of the social, economic and political pyramid.

In Ghana, attempts at closing the gender gap dates back to the time of independence. Arguably, real progress towards gender parity has been recorded under the Forth Republic when the adoption of democratic governance opened the flood gate for the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Thanks to unwavering advocacy on gender equality, human rights and women’s empowerment by The Ark Foundation, Ghana and other civil society organizations, coupled with government’s policy interventions, Ghana is ahead of a number of her peers regarding women empowerment and girls development. The introduction and improvement of the government’s social policy interventions such as the School feeding Programme, Youth employment Programme, Capitation Grant, National Health Insurance Scheme and many others under successive governments are very commendable because invariably they operate to improve the lives of the poor, vulnerable disadvantaged in society particularly women. Despite these successes, the number of women occupying public offices in Ghana especially parliament, the current maternal mortality rate, HIV infections among women, the existence and continuous practice of some cultural and traditional practices which stifle progress of women and gender equality in general in Ghana is still unacceptable.

 As we join the world to celebrate “International Women’s Day”, The Ark Foundation Ghana wishes to call upon the government to scale up efforts to bridge the gender parity vacuum in the country and make women equal partners in development in every sphere of the socio-politico and economic fabric of the country. Whilst we recognize the role government plays in the promotion of gender equality in the country, we also acknowledge the fact that women ought to empower themselves to participate in leadership and decision making processes of the country. We also call upon Civil Society organizations, corporate institutions, and the general public to sustain the momentum for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ghana.

Signed by:

Advocacy Officer

Feb 20, 2013
CALL FOR APPLICANTS

The Women’s Law and Human Rights Institute (WLHRI) of The Ark is organizing a four day Women’s Human Rights, Leadership Education and Policy Advocacy (WHRLEPA). The Program aims to raise young women’s level of awareness on human rights issues; empower and equip them with human rights, advocacy and lobbying skills, among others, to enable them undertake policy advocacy on pertinent human rights issues within their communities, churches, universities and colleges, workplaces and in the political sphere.
 
The Program, funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) will comprise of a four day intensive training, the implementation of social contract activities, a one-week internship and a final evaluation process.
 
Applicants are expected to submit an application form together with a resume, a motivation statement and an Action Learning Project Plan. Working applicants are expected to additionally include a letter from Employer endorsing their application.
 
Attached is detailed information on program and the selection criteria.
 
Interested applicants may call Jamila or Petra on 024 3564240 / 024 4410309 or email thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk / pedupak@yahoo.com for copies of the application form.
 
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Apr 2, 2012

In anticipation of a peaceful 2012 elections, The Ark Foundation, Ghana has identified and trained 30 young women in executing a peace project called The Nuisance Project; STAR- Ghana funded project which will last for 14 months. These young women have together formed a group called “Young Women for Peace”

Some of the planned activities for this project include: quiet peace vigils, a war library photograph exhibition, an inter-generational women’s peace forum, a 1000 leaders petition, among others.

The project has a nationwide focus.

In lieu with this, this group of young women-“Young women speak peace to power”, have been up and about seeking support of well meaning Ghanaian leaders in ensuring Peace by imploring them to be catalysts for peace by signing the petition.

This activity commenced in April, 2012 and the group has recorded an unfathomable response from Ghanaian leaders.

In a period of 50 days,245 leaders from across the country have agreed and signed on to assure all Ghanaians that they will influence their communities, families and friends to  resist all forms of violence that will undermine our enviable democracy and peace.

The petition has been acknowledged and duly signed by many Ga community Queen mothers, Chiefs, Ministers like Hon. Juliana Azumah Mensah ( Minister of Women and Children Affairs),Hon Fritz Baffour ( Minister for Information), Political party executives like Samia Nkrumah, Diplomats and Mentors like Joyce Aryee  and Steve Mawunyega.

It has even caught the eye of the founder of the Women Peace and Security Network-Africa (WIPSEN-A) and Nobel prize winner Miss Leymah Gbowee and Arch Nigerian actor,Desmond Elliot.

The campaign and advocacy for peace continues. The “Young Women for Peace” hope that the positive example set by these leaders will be noticed and the message of the petition will be heard by as many Ghanaian citizens as possible. Such an elaborate pursuit for peace will hopefully be noted by election officials and all citizenry throughout the country and lead to the maintenance of peace and security throughout the election period.

For more information about the petition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation on 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org.

Apr 2, 2012

In anticipation of a peaceful 2012 elections, The Ark Foundation, Ghana has identified and trained 30 young women in executing a peace project called The Nuisance Project; STAR- Ghana funded project which will last for 14 months. These young women have together formed a group called “Young Women for Peace”

Some of the planned activities for this project include: quiet peace vigils, a war library photograph exhibition, an inter-generational women’s peace forum, a 1000 leaders petition, among others.

The project has a nationwide focus.

In lieu with this, this group of young women-“Young women speak peace to power”, have been up and about seeking support of well meaning Ghanaian leaders in ensuring Peace by imploring them to be catalysts for peace by signing the petition.

This activity commenced in April, 2012 and the group has recorded an unfathomable response from Ghanaian leaders.

In a period of 50 days,245 leaders from across the country have agreed and signed on to assure all Ghanaians that they will influence their communities, families and friends to  resist all forms of violence that will undermine our enviable democracy and peace.

The petition has been acknowledged and duly signed by many Ga community Queen mothers, Chiefs, Ministers like Hon. Juliana Azumah Mensah ( Minister of Women and Children Affairs),Hon Fritz Baffour ( Minister for Information), Political party executives like Samia Nkrumah, Diplomats and Mentors like Joyce Aryee  and Steve Mawunyega.

It has even caught the eye of the founder of the Women Peace and Security Network-Africa (WIPSEN-A) and Nobel prize winner Miss Leymah Gbowee and Arch Nigerian actor,Desmond Elliot.

The campaign and advocacy for peace continues. The “Young Women for Peace” hope that the positive example set by these leaders will be noticed and the message of the petition will be heard by as many Ghanaian citizens as possible. Such an elaborate pursuit for peace will hopefully be noted by election officials and all citizenry throughout the country and lead to the maintenance of peace and security throughout the election period.

For more information about the petition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation on 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org.

Jul 7, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE
‘POLAR’ BALL – 7TH JULY, 2012

The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing a ‘Polar’ Ball under its “Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power”. The Nuisance Project which is funded by STAR-Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during and after the 2012 election.

The ‘Polar’ Ball is a positive twist on the negative concept and perception of Ghana becoming increasingly polarized along political and ethnic lines. The event seeks to create the space for politicians, representatives from key Institutions, as well as other imminent persons of society to meet in a relaxed, neutral atmosphere to share and commit to peaceful ideals with the aim of promoting tolerance, respect for divergent opinions and the importance of placing Ghana’s peace over the interest of any political party’s agenda.

This event forms part of activities The Ark is executing under a 14 month project dubbed "The Nuisance Project - Young women speak peace to power,” and is The Ark’s contribution towards ensuring that Ghanaians commit to peace towards elections 2012 and beyond.

The overall objective of this Project is to provide a platform for 30 young women to employ advocacy and public actions to increase accountability and responsiveness of key stakeholders for maintaining peace before, during and after elections 2012.

The ‘Polar’ Ball which is strictly by invitation will come off on Saturday 7th July 2012 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel from 6:00 p.m till 9:00pm.

The Chairperson for the occasion is the UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative to Ghana Ms. Harmandip Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. Speakers include Ms. Affi Agbenyo one of the young women for peace; Ms. Leymah Gbowee, one of the Nobel Peace Prize winners for 2011 who will deliver the Keynote Address on the theme of Young Women Speaking Peace to Power.

 

Representatives from the five main political parties will also deliver peace messages to show their commitment for peaceful elections. The EC and Ms. Leymah Gbowee will be presented with citations from the young women for peace for their achievements.

There will be time for dancing with the political heavyweights to music provided by the Police Band. It is hoped that the event will heighten politicians’ awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from election violence and thus encourage them and relevant institutions to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.

 

Background Information

The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the ‘Polar Ball’ or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation, Ghana on +233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk.

Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:

Petra Adu-Parkoh

Program Manager

Capacity Building and Advocacy (CABA) Program

The Ark Foundation, Ghana

 

Jul 7, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE
‘POLAR’ BALL – 7TH JULY, 2012

The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing a ‘Polar’ Ball under its “Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power”. The Nuisance Project which is funded by STAR-Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during and after the 2012 election.

The ‘Polar’ Ball is a positive twist on the negative concept and perception of Ghana becoming increasingly polarized along political and ethnic lines. The event seeks to create the space for politicians, representatives from key Institutions, as well as other imminent persons of society to meet in a relaxed, neutral atmosphere to share and commit to peaceful ideals with the aim of promoting tolerance, respect for divergent opinions and the importance of placing Ghana’s peace over the interest of any political party’s agenda.

This event forms part of activities The Ark is executing under a 14 month project dubbed "The Nuisance Project - Young women speak peace to power,” and is The Ark’s contribution towards ensuring that Ghanaians commit to peace towards elections 2012 and beyond.

The overall objective of this Project is to provide a platform for 30 young women to employ advocacy and public actions to increase accountability and responsiveness of key stakeholders for maintaining peace before, during and after elections 2012.

The ‘Polar’ Ball which is strictly by invitation will come off on Saturday 7th July 2012 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel from 6:00 p.m till 9:00pm.

The Chairperson for the occasion is the UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative to Ghana Ms. Harmandip Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. Speakers include Ms. Affi Agbenyo one of the young women for peace; Ms. Leymah Gbowee, one of the Nobel Peace Prize winners for 2011 who will deliver the Keynote Address on the theme of Young Women Speaking Peace to Power.

 

Representatives from the five main political parties will also deliver peace messages to show their commitment for peaceful elections. The EC and Ms. Leymah Gbowee will be presented with citations from the young women for peace for their achievements.

There will be time for dancing with the political heavyweights to music provided by the Police Band. It is hoped that the event will heighten politicians’ awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from election violence and thus encourage them and relevant institutions to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.

 

Background Information

The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the ‘Polar Ball’ or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation, Ghana on +233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk.

Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:

Petra Adu-Parkoh

Program Manager

Capacity Building and Advocacy (CABA) Program

The Ark Foundation, Ghana

 

Sep 21, 2012

PRESS STATEMENT:INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY – 21ST SEPTEMBER 2012

 In commemoration of this year’s International Peace Day celebrations, the Young Women for Peace Group wishes to call on all Political Parties and Ghanaians to work consciously and tirelessly towards the maintenance of Peace before, during and after the 2012 Elections.

 The Young Women for Peace has followed with great concern the events that have been taking place in the country in the last few weeks and the continuous provocative remarks and offensive comments that have been made in the public particularly by officials and supporters of the two main political parties in Ghana, namely, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP).

 The Young Women for Peace recognizes that such comments and acts have the potential of degenerating into civil strife and war, which would affect all persons irrespective of their political affiliation and particularly women and children who would be more vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence.

The Young Women for Peace strongly believes that political parties should be promoting peace rather than facilitating conflict, especially because war has the largest and most detrimental impact on women and children. In times of war, children and women in particular die from fighting, being terrorized, kidnapped, and injured. A child growing up in times of war and political conflict is affected physically, psychologically, morally and spiritually. Women, in times of war, become increasingly the targets of sexual and gender based violence. They, along with children, constitute the majority of people displaced during a war.

 The Young Women for Peace wishes to use this day to call on all Political Parties to promote and protect the significant progress Ghana has made in her democratic processes that has resulted in sustained economic development. We are also calling on all Ghanaians irrespective of their political affiliation to condemn acts of violence particularly during the elections and beyond.

The Young Women for Peace also wishes to remind the entire public that maintenance of peace is not a preserve of the military or police but also each one of us. The Young Women for Peace sponsored by Star Ghana under the auspices of the Nuisance Project-Young Women Speak Peace to Power continues to work assiduously for total peace of the country towards election 2012 in collaboration with all women’s group in Ghana.

 Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:

Petra Adu-Parkoh

Program Manager

Capacity Building and Advocacy Program (CABA)

 Background Information

The Young Women for Peace an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak Peace to Power is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the war library photo exhibition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation at 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk

Sep 21, 2012

PRESS STATEMENT:INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY – 21ST SEPTEMBER 2012

 In commemoration of this year’s International Peace Day celebrations, the Young Women for Peace Group wishes to call on all Political Parties and Ghanaians to work consciously and tirelessly towards the maintenance of Peace before, during and after the 2012 Elections.

 The Young Women for Peace has followed with great concern the events that have been taking place in the country in the last few weeks and the continuous provocative remarks and offensive comments that have been made in the public particularly by officials and supporters of the two main political parties in Ghana, namely, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP).

 The Young Women for Peace recognizes that such comments and acts have the potential of degenerating into civil strife and war, which would affect all persons irrespective of their political affiliation and particularly women and children who would be more vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence.

The Young Women for Peace strongly believes that political parties should be promoting peace rather than facilitating conflict, especially because war has the largest and most detrimental impact on women and children. In times of war, children and women in particular die from fighting, being terrorized, kidnapped, and injured. A child growing up in times of war and political conflict is affected physically, psychologically, morally and spiritually. Women, in times of war, become increasingly the targets of sexual and gender based violence. They, along with children, constitute the majority of people displaced during a war.

 The Young Women for Peace wishes to use this day to call on all Political Parties to promote and protect the significant progress Ghana has made in her democratic processes that has resulted in sustained economic development. We are also calling on all Ghanaians irrespective of their political affiliation to condemn acts of violence particularly during the elections and beyond.

The Young Women for Peace also wishes to remind the entire public that maintenance of peace is not a preserve of the military or police but also each one of us. The Young Women for Peace sponsored by Star Ghana under the auspices of the Nuisance Project-Young Women Speak Peace to Power continues to work assiduously for total peace of the country towards election 2012 in collaboration with all women’s group in Ghana.

 Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:

Petra Adu-Parkoh

Program Manager

Capacity Building and Advocacy Program (CABA)

 Background Information

The Young Women for Peace an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak Peace to Power is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the war library photo exhibition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation at 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk

Jun 1, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE

THREE DAY WAR LIBRARY PHOTO EXHIBITION – May 30th – June 1st, 2012

The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing a three day war library photo exhibition under its Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power. The project aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections and is funded by STAR-Ghana.

In line with this, The Ark has built the capacity of 30 young women in skills and engagement strategies needed for the execution of the project activities. Subsequently, The Ark is organizing this exhibition to provide a platform for the Young Women for Peace to engage the general public on the need to maintain peace in Ghana.

The aim of the exhibition is to convey the impact of war and conflict on civilians, and on women and children in particular. Women and children face unique challenges in times of conflict, and sustained peace is important to the overall advancement of the rights of women, children, and other vulnerable groups.

The exhibition will take place from Wednesday 30th May to Friday 1st June 2012 at the Osu Ebenezer Presby Church Hall in Accra. The exhibition will display black and white photographs of conflict zones and the effects of conflict on civilians. It was decided that black and white photos would be displayed because the lack of colour allows for less distraction, meaning that the viewer is able to focus more on the people and scenes within the image. As a result, it is easier for emotions to be conveyed and situations to be understood.

There will also be free movies based on true events in some African countries that have experienced civil strife and war. Speakers from Liberia and Ghana will speak about the importance of maintaining peace throughout elections and all year-round. The exhibition is free and open to the general public. It will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. each day.

A major goal of the exhibition is to bring about a greater understanding and appreciation of the peace Ghana enjoys, the high cost of war, violence and strife and an increased desire to maintain the peace that is taken for granted. Therefore, it is hoped that a variety of photographs of civilians in conflict zones and post-conflict zones as well as the movies on true events in other African countries will allow for a more personal and thorough understanding of the destructive nature of war and the need for peace.

It is also hoped that the heightened awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from election violence would encourage citizens to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.

Background Information

The Young Women for Peace an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak Peace to Power is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the war library photo exhibition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation at 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk

link-symbolExcerpts from The Ark's War Photo Library Exhibition.ppt31 MB22/02/2013

Jun 1, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE

THREE DAY WAR LIBRARY PHOTO EXHIBITION – May 30th – June 1st, 2012

The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing a three day war library photo exhibition under its Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power. The project aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections and is funded by STAR-Ghana.

In line with this, The Ark has built the capacity of 30 young women in skills and engagement strategies needed for the execution of the project activities. Subsequently, The Ark is organizing this exhibition to provide a platform for the Young Women for Peace to engage the general public on the need to maintain peace in Ghana.

The aim of the exhibition is to convey the impact of war and conflict on civilians, and on women and children in particular. Women and children face unique challenges in times of conflict, and sustained peace is important to the overall advancement of the rights of women, children, and other vulnerable groups.

The exhibition will take place from Wednesday 30th May to Friday 1st June 2012 at the Osu Ebenezer Presby Church Hall in Accra. The exhibition will display black and white photographs of conflict zones and the effects of conflict on civilians. It was decided that black and white photos would be displayed because the lack of colour allows for less distraction, meaning that the viewer is able to focus more on the people and scenes within the image. As a result, it is easier for emotions to be conveyed and situations to be understood.

There will also be free movies based on true events in some African countries that have experienced civil strife and war. Speakers from Liberia and Ghana will speak about the importance of maintaining peace throughout elections and all year-round. The exhibition is free and open to the general public. It will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. each day.

A major goal of the exhibition is to bring about a greater understanding and appreciation of the peace Ghana enjoys, the high cost of war, violence and strife and an increased desire to maintain the peace that is taken for granted. Therefore, it is hoped that a variety of photographs of civilians in conflict zones and post-conflict zones as well as the movies on true events in other African countries will allow for a more personal and thorough understanding of the destructive nature of war and the need for peace.

It is also hoped that the heightened awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from election violence would encourage citizens to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.

Background Information

The Young Women for Peace an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak Peace to Power is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the war library photo exhibition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation at 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk

link-symbolExcerpts from The Ark's War Photo Library Exhibition.ppt31 MB22/02/2013

Jun 20, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE
END OF PROJECT EVALUATION FORUM OF THE NUISANCE PROJECT

“YOUNG WOMEN SPEAK PEACE TO POWER”.

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The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing an ‘End of Project Forum’ under its “Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power”. The Nuisance Project which is funded by STAR-Ghana was to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during and after the 2012 election.

The purpose of the forum is to share project findings, outcomes, lessons learnt and successes of the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak for Peace to Power. The forum will bring together key actors, stakeholders and institutions identified as having a role to play in maintaining long term peace in the country, to share findings and best practices from the execution of the project.

This event forms part of activities The Ark is executing under a 14 month project dubbed "The Nuisance Project - Young women speak peace to power,” which was The Ark’s contribution towards ensuring that Ghanaians commit to peace towards elections 2012 and beyond.

The overall objective of this Project is to provide a platform for 30 young women to employ advocacy and public actions to increase accountability and responsiveness of key stakeholders for maintaining peace before, during and after elections 2012.

The Nuisance project had nationwide focus but was executed in Accra, Kumasi and Koforidua.

Activities under the Nuisance Project, included the drafting of a petition committing a thousand political, social, religious and security leaders and activists to sign for peace; a three day war library photo exhibition depicting conflict and the effect of war on people; two inter-generational women’s peace forums to discuss women’s concerns for peaceful elections; two ‘Azonto’ for peace street dance competitions; a Grandmothers Speak Peace documentary and a Polar Ball which involved political heavyweights from different Political ideologies and divides, coming together to dance for peace.

Though the Forum ends the Project, The Ark will use its Women’s Law and Human Rights Institute alumnae network to create a platform for the Young Women to engage in issues of Gender and Women’s Empowerment. The Ark also hopes to raise funding to replicate some of the activities under the Project.

Background Information

The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the ‘Polar Ball’ or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation, Ghana on +233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk.

Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:


 

link-symbolProject Review Report.pdf3 MB22/02/2013
link-symbolBackground Info_The Nuisance Project.pdf64 kB22/02/2013

Jun 20, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE
END OF PROJECT EVALUATION FORUM OF THE NUISANCE PROJECT

“YOUNG WOMEN SPEAK PEACE TO POWER”.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing an ‘End of Project Forum’ under its “Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power”. The Nuisance Project which is funded by STAR-Ghana was to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during and after the 2012 election.

The purpose of the forum is to share project findings, outcomes, lessons learnt and successes of the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak for Peace to Power. The forum will bring together key actors, stakeholders and institutions identified as having a role to play in maintaining long term peace in the country, to share findings and best practices from the execution of the project.

This event forms part of activities The Ark is executing under a 14 month project dubbed "The Nuisance Project - Young women speak peace to power,” which was The Ark’s contribution towards ensuring that Ghanaians commit to peace towards elections 2012 and beyond.

The overall objective of this Project is to provide a platform for 30 young women to employ advocacy and public actions to increase accountability and responsiveness of key stakeholders for maintaining peace before, during and after elections 2012.

The Nuisance project had nationwide focus but was executed in Accra, Kumasi and Koforidua.

Activities under the Nuisance Project, included the drafting of a petition committing a thousand political, social, religious and security leaders and activists to sign for peace; a three day war library photo exhibition depicting conflict and the effect of war on people; two inter-generational women’s peace forums to discuss women’s concerns for peaceful elections; two ‘Azonto’ for peace street dance competitions; a Grandmothers Speak Peace documentary and a Polar Ball which involved political heavyweights from different Political ideologies and divides, coming together to dance for peace.

Though the Forum ends the Project, The Ark will use its Women’s Law and Human Rights Institute alumnae network to create a platform for the Young Women to engage in issues of Gender and Women’s Empowerment. The Ark also hopes to raise funding to replicate some of the activities under the Project.

Background Information

The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the ‘Polar Ball’ or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation, Ghana on +233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk.

Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:


 

link-symbolProject Review Report.pdf3 MB22/02/2013
link-symbolBackground Info_The Nuisance Project.pdf64 kB22/02/2013

Jun 14, 2012

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Nuisance Project- Young women speak peace to power is a 14 month Project which is being funded by STAR, Ghana.

The overall objective of this project is to provide a platform for young women to employ advocacy and public actions to increase accountability and responsiveness of key stakeholders for maintaining peace before, during and after elections 2012.

The Project specific objectives are:

ü  To get leaders across Ghana’s society to commit to the importance of individual and collective action in maintaining peace and security for election 2012

ü  To enhance the capacity of young women, such as our alumnae to engage in dialogue and action to ensure a credible issue based electoral process for election 2012.

ü  To demand accountability through participation of political and party “heavy weights” in public actions which demonstrate a renewed, higher and common sense of purpose for the Ghana agenda and not the party agenda.

ü  To bring to the fore, the role of women in preventing electoral violence and enhancing peace in the society.

ü  To sensitize the general public on the dangers of conflict to women and children particularly and other vulnerable groups in society.

It is expected that the impact of the project will be felt across the country but would be run from the Ga West and Accra Central in the Greater Accra Region, East Akim Municipality and New Juaben Municipality in the Eastern Region and Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Some of the activities for this project are:

 

ü  A thousand leaders’ petition: This which will involve the drafting of a petition on the importance of all actors committing to peace. The aim is to get 1000 signatures from leaders from sectors and institutions which include political, religious, security, traditional authorities, activists, judiciary and Members of Parliament commit to ensuring peace.

 

ü  Quiet peace vigils: These will be held in Accra and Koforidua and will involve women and other members of the public who will sing hymns and solemn songs to communicate the need for maintaining a violence free election.

 

ü  Banner line hangings: Banners capturing messages from young women speaking peace will be hung at vantage locations in Accra, Kumasi and Koforidua.

 

ü  Three - day War library photo exhibition: This will take place in Accra and will exhibit pictures depicting conflict zones and the effect of war on people. Speakers from Liberia and Ghana will speak about the need to maintain peace during the launch of the exhibition. There will also be free movie sessions for the public, each afternoon of the event.

 

ü  Grandmothers speak peace documentary: This will capture messages from about 20 grandmothers who will speak on the need to maintain peace. This will then be broadcast on television.

 

ü  Inter-generational women’s peace forum: These will take place in Accra and Kumasi and will bring together grandmothers, mothers and young women who will dialogue on issues of peace and its benefits to society. Their discussions will also touch on their expectations of various actors in the political and electioneering arena. These will then be captured in a communiqué and presented to the relevant actors.

 

ü  “Azonto for peace” street dance competition: This involves capitalizing on the latest dance craze in Ghana called the “azonto”. Young females and males in areas which are identified as hot spots and vulnerable to conflict during elections will be brought together to engage in an azonto competition. Peace messages will be shared during this activity.

 

ü  Polar Ball (dancing with political heavy weights): This ball which is a positive twist on the negative concept of polarization, will involve getting the political heavyweights from the different political ideologies and divides committing to dance for peace. Peace messages will be taken from the invitees.

Considering the impact of a non-peaceful environment on women, children and the vulnerable, it is envisaged that the activities to be executed, would challenge the public to question actions and messages aimed at encouraging division, festering differences and promoting violence as a means of ensuring democratic representation in Ghana. It is hoped that the heightened awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from   election violence would encourage citizens to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.

To this end, 30 young women have been trained and have committed some time off their busy schedules to help execute this project alongside their full time jobs.

The Ark is optimistic that the activities would bring about the dismantling of systems, and attitudes that dehumanize women, children and the disadvantaged. Through policy advocacy, public education and engagement with active civil society groups and members of the general public, it is hoped that members of the public will begin to understand the root causes of violence and the need to free society of attitudes, beliefs and practices that accept and perpetuate abuse and violence of all forms against all persons, particularly women and children.

Jun 14, 2012

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Nuisance Project- Young women speak peace to power is a 14 month Project which is being funded by STAR, Ghana.

The overall objective of this project is to provide a platform for young women to employ advocacy and public actions to increase accountability and responsiveness of key stakeholders for maintaining peace before, during and after elections 2012.

The Project specific objectives are:

ü  To get leaders across Ghana’s society to commit to the importance of individual and collective action in maintaining peace and security for election 2012

ü  To enhance the capacity of young women, such as our alumnae to engage in dialogue and action to ensure a credible issue based electoral process for election 2012.

ü  To demand accountability through participation of political and party “heavy weights” in public actions which demonstrate a renewed, higher and common sense of purpose for the Ghana agenda and not the party agenda.

ü  To bring to the fore, the role of women in preventing electoral violence and enhancing peace in the society.

ü  To sensitize the general public on the dangers of conflict to women and children particularly and other vulnerable groups in society.

It is expected that the impact of the project will be felt across the country but would be run from the Ga West and Accra Central in the Greater Accra Region, East Akim Municipality and New Juaben Municipality in the Eastern Region and Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Some of the activities for this project are:

 

ü  A thousand leaders’ petition: This which will involve the drafting of a petition on the importance of all actors committing to peace. The aim is to get 1000 signatures from leaders from sectors and institutions which include political, religious, security, traditional authorities, activists, judiciary and Members of Parliament commit to ensuring peace.

 

ü  Quiet peace vigils: These will be held in Accra and Koforidua and will involve women and other members of the public who will sing hymns and solemn songs to communicate the need for maintaining a violence free election.

 

ü  Banner line hangings: Banners capturing messages from young women speaking peace will be hung at vantage locations in Accra, Kumasi and Koforidua.

 

ü  Three - day War library photo exhibition: This will take place in Accra and will exhibit pictures depicting conflict zones and the effect of war on people. Speakers from Liberia and Ghana will speak about the need to maintain peace during the launch of the exhibition. There will also be free movie sessions for the public, each afternoon of the event.

 

ü  Grandmothers speak peace documentary: This will capture messages from about 20 grandmothers who will speak on the need to maintain peace. This will then be broadcast on television.

 

ü  Inter-generational women’s peace forum: These will take place in Accra and Kumasi and will bring together grandmothers, mothers and young women who will dialogue on issues of peace and its benefits to society. Their discussions will also touch on their expectations of various actors in the political and electioneering arena. These will then be captured in a communiqué and presented to the relevant actors.

 

ü  “Azonto for peace” street dance competition: This involves capitalizing on the latest dance craze in Ghana called the “azonto”. Young females and males in areas which are identified as hot spots and vulnerable to conflict during elections will be brought together to engage in an azonto competition. Peace messages will be shared during this activity.

 

ü  Polar Ball (dancing with political heavy weights): This ball which is a positive twist on the negative concept of polarization, will involve getting the political heavyweights from the different political ideologies and divides committing to dance for peace. Peace messages will be taken from the invitees.

Considering the impact of a non-peaceful environment on women, children and the vulnerable, it is envisaged that the activities to be executed, would challenge the public to question actions and messages aimed at encouraging division, festering differences and promoting violence as a means of ensuring democratic representation in Ghana. It is hoped that the heightened awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from   election violence would encourage citizens to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.

To this end, 30 young women have been trained and have committed some time off their busy schedules to help execute this project alongside their full time jobs.

The Ark is optimistic that the activities would bring about the dismantling of systems, and attitudes that dehumanize women, children and the disadvantaged. Through policy advocacy, public education and engagement with active civil society groups and members of the general public, it is hoped that members of the public will begin to understand the root causes of violence and the need to free society of attitudes, beliefs and practices that accept and perpetuate abuse and violence of all forms against all persons, particularly women and children.

Jun 14, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: INTER-GENERATIONAL WOMEN’S PEACE FORUM

Women face unique challenges in times of conflict; because of this, they also have unique perspectives on conflict and peace. It is therefore important to create a conducive atmosphere for women to voice their concerns about creating and maintaining peace before, during and after the elections. In view of this, The Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power’, an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana is holding an inter-generational women’s peace forum on the theme “Women Unite to Speak Peace to Power”. The forum, which will be held at the Sunlodge Hotel in Accra on 29th of October 2012, will offer a unique opportunity for women of all ages and backgrounds to communicate their thoughts on peace and conflict, as well as strategies for peace and reasonable expectations of political actors and the administration of the election.

This project is funded by STAR-Ghana and aims to provide a platform for 30 young women trained by The Ark to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections.

The peace forum which will be replicated in Kumasi in September will also feature a war photo library exhibition which will display photographs from war-torn countries depicting the effects of war on women, children and infrastructure, in order to emphasize the importance of peace.

At the forum, grandmothers, mothers and young women will come together to discuss their thoughts and concerns, which will be communicated to relevant actors in the form of a communiqué. These women will demonstrate their desire to influence the electioneering processes and stakeholders who are directly responsible for organizing and coordinating the election in order to prevent electoral violence, thereby contributing to peace. The dangers of conflict to women and other vulnerable groups will also be communicated at the forum.

It is hoped that through this forum and other activities being organized under the Nuisance Project; Ghanaian leaders and citizens will be influenced to commit to defend the ideals of the 1992 Constitution and work towards peaceful elections in Ghana.

 

Background Information

The Young Women Speak Peace to Power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women and children.

link-symbolAccra Inter-generational Women Peace Forum Report.pdf2 MB22/02/2013

Jun 14, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: INTER-GENERATIONAL WOMEN’S PEACE FORUM

Women face unique challenges in times of conflict; because of this, they also have unique perspectives on conflict and peace. It is therefore important to create a conducive atmosphere for women to voice their concerns about creating and maintaining peace before, during and after the elections. In view of this, The Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power’, an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana is holding an inter-generational women’s peace forum on the theme “Women Unite to Speak Peace to Power”. The forum, which will be held at the Sunlodge Hotel in Accra on 29th of October 2012, will offer a unique opportunity for women of all ages and backgrounds to communicate their thoughts on peace and conflict, as well as strategies for peace and reasonable expectations of political actors and the administration of the election.

This project is funded by STAR-Ghana and aims to provide a platform for 30 young women trained by The Ark to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections.

The peace forum which will be replicated in Kumasi in September will also feature a war photo library exhibition which will display photographs from war-torn countries depicting the effects of war on women, children and infrastructure, in order to emphasize the importance of peace.

At the forum, grandmothers, mothers and young women will come together to discuss their thoughts and concerns, which will be communicated to relevant actors in the form of a communiqué. These women will demonstrate their desire to influence the electioneering processes and stakeholders who are directly responsible for organizing and coordinating the election in order to prevent electoral violence, thereby contributing to peace. The dangers of conflict to women and other vulnerable groups will also be communicated at the forum.

It is hoped that through this forum and other activities being organized under the Nuisance Project; Ghanaian leaders and citizens will be influenced to commit to defend the ideals of the 1992 Constitution and work towards peaceful elections in Ghana.

 

Background Information

The Young Women Speak Peace to Power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women and children.

link-symbolAccra Inter-generational Women Peace Forum Report.pdf2 MB22/02/2013

Oct 26, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ARK FOUNDATION, GHANA ON AZONTO FOR PEACE DANCE COMPETITION ON 26th OCTOBER 2012 AT KUMASI

Can we Dance Azonto when there is War?

In recent times one of our very own Ghanaian introduced the Azonto Dance. Such a dance has become so popular and can be rightly termed the Ghanaian ‘in thing’ identity. When one meet people who are visiting Ghana either on short term or long term basis all they talk about is Azonto. It looks like Azonto has come to add to the list of creative forms of entertainment and is now a house hold dance. Azonto dance moves must be exhibited by attendants in order to seal a social gathering. The Azonto dance moves have also gained prominence in the ongoing election campaigns. Indeed everybody loves Azonto. The fundamental question is then Can we dance Azonto where there is war? Or in the alternative will we be able to dance our Azonto during and post elections?

Ghana has been enjoying peace for a considerable number of years, the experiences Ghanaians have had to deal with from their neighbours are not only disturbing but are traumatic. Ghana should maintain the status quo as the trend setter in the ECOWAS region. Nobody in our beautiful Ghana would ever desire to undergo through such tragedies as experienced by our fellow West-Africans. Political instabilities resulting in war are usually incited by somehow selfish politicians who put their personal interest above national goals. The catastrophic effects of war can never be overemphasised.Once there is war all beautiful things come to an end. For Ghana at this point, war will end the peace that we have enjoyed for over the years. War will mean we spend most of our times doing all other things but not enjoying dancing our Azonto as a nation. It therefore requires us as nation to say NO to violence before, during and after the 2012 Elections.As a nation we must vow to exhibit a high degree of respect, understanding and tolerance during this fragile time. We must desist from provoking anybody especially on political related issues.

We believe that Ghanaians should not be associated with politicians who incite violence before, during and after election because we will not have the privilege to dance Azonto during war and we will be forced to work post war to rebuild our Ghana again.

The Ark Foundation in recognition of the popularity of the Azonto dance and the talent of many young people in Ghana has decided to use the dance to Unite Ghanaians in the language of peace pre, during and post elections. The Foundation will host an Azonto Dance Competition in support of peace under The Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power. This project funded by STAR Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections. The Competition will be held in Kumasi at Abbey’s pack in Ash Town on 26th October 2012 from 3:00pm and end around 8:00pm.

The ‘Azonto’ for Peace dance competition is expected to bring together young females and males within Accra and Kumasi to dance for peace. The competition will also create a platform to educate the youth in various communities on the need to ensure peaceful elections in Ghana and their crucial role in the process.

It is hoped that the experience of a friendly competition will help to encourage a peaceful and conflict-free election this year. Whether you are participating or observing the talents of your peers, you will not want to miss this fun and energetic event! See you there!!!

Background Information
The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

link-symbolRegistered persons KUMASI Azonto.pdf6 MB22/02/2013
link-symbolKumasi Azonto FINAL Report.pdf6 MB22/02/2013

 

Oct 26, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ARK FOUNDATION, GHANA ON AZONTO FOR PEACE DANCE COMPETITION ON 26th OCTOBER 2012 AT KUMASI

Can we Dance Azonto when there is War?

In recent times one of our very own Ghanaian introduced the Azonto Dance. Such a dance has become so popular and can be rightly termed the Ghanaian ‘in thing’ identity. When one meet people who are visiting Ghana either on short term or long term basis all they talk about is Azonto. It looks like Azonto has come to add to the list of creative forms of entertainment and is now a house hold dance. Azonto dance moves must be exhibited by attendants in order to seal a social gathering. The Azonto dance moves have also gained prominence in the ongoing election campaigns. Indeed everybody loves Azonto. The fundamental question is then Can we dance Azonto where there is war? Or in the alternative will we be able to dance our Azonto during and post elections?

Ghana has been enjoying peace for a considerable number of years, the experiences Ghanaians have had to deal with from their neighbours are not only disturbing but are traumatic. Ghana should maintain the status quo as the trend setter in the ECOWAS region. Nobody in our beautiful Ghana would ever desire to undergo through such tragedies as experienced by our fellow West-Africans. Political instabilities resulting in war are usually incited by somehow selfish politicians who put their personal interest above national goals. The catastrophic effects of war can never be overemphasised.Once there is war all beautiful things come to an end. For Ghana at this point, war will end the peace that we have enjoyed for over the years. War will mean we spend most of our times doing all other things but not enjoying dancing our Azonto as a nation. It therefore requires us as nation to say NO to violence before, during and after the 2012 Elections.As a nation we must vow to exhibit a high degree of respect, understanding and tolerance during this fragile time. We must desist from provoking anybody especially on political related issues.

We believe that Ghanaians should not be associated with politicians who incite violence before, during and after election because we will not have the privilege to dance Azonto during war and we will be forced to work post war to rebuild our Ghana again.

The Ark Foundation in recognition of the popularity of the Azonto dance and the talent of many young people in Ghana has decided to use the dance to Unite Ghanaians in the language of peace pre, during and post elections. The Foundation will host an Azonto Dance Competition in support of peace under The Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power. This project funded by STAR Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections. The Competition will be held in Kumasi at Abbey’s pack in Ash Town on 26th October 2012 from 3:00pm and end around 8:00pm.

The ‘Azonto’ for Peace dance competition is expected to bring together young females and males within Accra and Kumasi to dance for peace. The competition will also create a platform to educate the youth in various communities on the need to ensure peaceful elections in Ghana and their crucial role in the process.

It is hoped that the experience of a friendly competition will help to encourage a peaceful and conflict-free election this year. Whether you are participating or observing the talents of your peers, you will not want to miss this fun and energetic event! See you there!!!

Background Information
The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

link-symbolRegistered persons KUMASI Azonto.pdf6 MB22/02/2013
link-symbolKumasi Azonto FINAL Report.pdf6 MB22/02/2013

 

Jul 2, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ARK FOUNDATION, GHANA ON AZONTO FOR PEACE DANCE COMPETITION ON 2ND OF JULY 2012

TOPIC:Can we Dance Azonto when there is War?

Generally Ghanaians are creative when it comes to entertainment. We have had energetic young men and women coming up with songs and dance like pulele by the late Terry Bonchaker, Snake, Mayzup, Harlem shake, chicken, Gboyee, Koogon, Amanda and in recent times the popular Azonto. It looks like Azonto has come to add to the list of creative forms of entertainment and is now a house hold dance. Most music videos this time have Azonto moves incorporated in them. The most surprising development is how fast it has taken root in our social circles and programs today and the excitement with which both young and old execute their moves. The wave made by this dance craze has found its way across the Atlantic and was recently featured on BBC. The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and some big political whips in Ghana have not been able to resist the fever and have had to display their Azonto skills. Indeed Azonto has also been categorised into various interesting names depending on who is dancing; when and where it is being danced. Some of these include azonto freestyle, Azonto-aerobic, christo-zonto, boga-zonto, nika-zonto and atupa-zonto. Indeed considering how polarized Ghana has become; and the way some politicians talk on media platforms with total disregard for Ghana’s safety, and the high level of intolerance. The question on my lips is Can we dance Azonto when there is war and violence or civil strife?

I am sure most Ghanaians and other members of the Ecowas community have forgotten the bloody war that erupted and engulfed Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast where a lot of people lost their lives at the expense of some selfish politicians and many had little or no time to think about singing or dancing at that crucial moment. All beautiful things seized. People had their lives to save and were seriously burdened with how, where and what to do to survive. Some unfortunate ones had their limbs and arms chopped off and the last thing on their mind was dance, music, and entertainment. Are we ready to lose friends, family and possessions to War?   The peace we enjoy today and the freedom to do whatever we want is as a result of the understanding and torelarance we have exhibited as individuals and as a Nation during past elections, and will hopefully continue to exhibit.

We believe that Ghanaians should not be associated with politicians who incite violence before, during and after election because we will not have the privilege to dance Azonto during war.

The Ark Foundation in recognition of the popularity of the Azonto dance and the talent of many young people in Ghana is organizing two Azonto dance competitions in support of peace under The Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power. This project funded by STAR Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections. Other activities that have taken place are a war photo exhibition and a peace vigil.

Two ‘Azonto’ for Peace competitions will take place in Accra and Kumasi. The first in Accra will take place at Mantse Agbona on 2nd July 2012, and the second will be held in Kumasi at Bantama on 8th September 2012. Both competitions will begin at 3:00pm and end around 8:00pm.

The ‘Azonto’ for Peace dance competition is expected to bring together young females and males within Accra and Kumasi to dance for peace. The competition will also create a platform to educate the youth in various communities on the need to ensure peaceful elections in Ghana and their crucial role in the process.

Peace messages will be displayed on placards whiles other persons will be given the opportunity to share peace messages on stage. The Accra azonto for peace will have 30 young persons from Maatse Agboona, Nima and Old Fadama. The event would also feature performances by Bino and Guru.

It is hoped that the experience of a friendly competition will help to encourage a peaceful and conflict-free election this year. Whether you are participating or observing the talents of your peers, you will not want to miss this fun and energetic event!

Background Information
The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

link-symbolAccra Azonto for Peace Dance Competition Report.pdf5 MB22/02/2013

Jul 2, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ARK FOUNDATION, GHANA ON AZONTO FOR PEACE DANCE COMPETITION ON 2ND OF JULY 2012

TOPIC:Can we Dance Azonto when there is War?

Generally Ghanaians are creative when it comes to entertainment. We have had energetic young men and women coming up with songs and dance like pulele by the late Terry Bonchaker, Snake, Mayzup, Harlem shake, chicken, Gboyee, Koogon, Amanda and in recent times the popular Azonto. It looks like Azonto has come to add to the list of creative forms of entertainment and is now a house hold dance. Most music videos this time have Azonto moves incorporated in them. The most surprising development is how fast it has taken root in our social circles and programs today and the excitement with which both young and old execute their moves. The wave made by this dance craze has found its way across the Atlantic and was recently featured on BBC. The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and some big political whips in Ghana have not been able to resist the fever and have had to display their Azonto skills. Indeed Azonto has also been categorised into various interesting names depending on who is dancing; when and where it is being danced. Some of these include azonto freestyle, Azonto-aerobic, christo-zonto, boga-zonto, nika-zonto and atupa-zonto. Indeed considering how polarized Ghana has become; and the way some politicians talk on media platforms with total disregard for Ghana’s safety, and the high level of intolerance. The question on my lips is Can we dance Azonto when there is war and violence or civil strife?

I am sure most Ghanaians and other members of the Ecowas community have forgotten the bloody war that erupted and engulfed Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast where a lot of people lost their lives at the expense of some selfish politicians and many had little or no time to think about singing or dancing at that crucial moment. All beautiful things seized. People had their lives to save and were seriously burdened with how, where and what to do to survive. Some unfortunate ones had their limbs and arms chopped off and the last thing on their mind was dance, music, and entertainment. Are we ready to lose friends, family and possessions to War?   The peace we enjoy today and the freedom to do whatever we want is as a result of the understanding and torelarance we have exhibited as individuals and as a Nation during past elections, and will hopefully continue to exhibit.

We believe that Ghanaians should not be associated with politicians who incite violence before, during and after election because we will not have the privilege to dance Azonto during war.

The Ark Foundation in recognition of the popularity of the Azonto dance and the talent of many young people in Ghana is organizing two Azonto dance competitions in support of peace under The Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power. This project funded by STAR Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 elections. Other activities that have taken place are a war photo exhibition and a peace vigil.

Two ‘Azonto’ for Peace competitions will take place in Accra and Kumasi. The first in Accra will take place at Mantse Agbona on 2nd July 2012, and the second will be held in Kumasi at Bantama on 8th September 2012. Both competitions will begin at 3:00pm and end around 8:00pm.

The ‘Azonto’ for Peace dance competition is expected to bring together young females and males within Accra and Kumasi to dance for peace. The competition will also create a platform to educate the youth in various communities on the need to ensure peaceful elections in Ghana and their crucial role in the process.

Peace messages will be displayed on placards whiles other persons will be given the opportunity to share peace messages on stage. The Accra azonto for peace will have 30 young persons from Maatse Agboona, Nima and Old Fadama. The event would also feature performances by Bino and Guru.

It is hoped that the experience of a friendly competition will help to encourage a peaceful and conflict-free election this year. Whether you are participating or observing the talents of your peers, you will not want to miss this fun and energetic event!

Background Information
The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

link-symbolAccra Azonto for Peace Dance Competition Report.pdf5 MB22/02/2013

Jun 15, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE
QUIET PEACE VIGIL –15th June, 2012


The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing the first of two Quiet Peace Vigils under its “Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power”. The project which is funded by STAR-Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 election.

The aim of the event is to bring about a greater understanding and appreciation of the peace Ghana enjoys; the high cost of war; violence and strife and the need to maintain the peace that is taken for granted. The event will also bring to the fore the effect of war, violence and conflict on women and children in particular and the benefits of advancing the rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups in a peaceful country.

The vigil will bring together participants from different groups and faiths and would involve the sharing of peace messages by various speakers; display of peace messages on cards, a movie show, musical performances, singing of hymns and a brief prayer session. Candles will be lit at a point as a symbolism of love, hope and celebration of our oneness as a people. A war library photo exhibition show-casing the effects of war and atrocious acts perpetrated by people in various African counties.


The Quiet Peace Vigil which is a free event and open to the general public will come off on Friday 15th June 2012 at the Osu Ebenezer Presby Church ground in Accra from 7:00 p.m till daybreak. Participants are expected to wear white tops.

It is also hoped that the heightened awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from election violence would encourage citizens to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.


Background Information

The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

link-symbolKoforidua Vigil Report.pdf4 MB22/02/2013

Jun 15, 2012

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YOUNG WOMEN FOR PEACE
QUIET PEACE VIGIL –15th June, 2012


The Ark Foundation, Ghana, an advocacy based women’s rights organization is organizing the first of two Quiet Peace Vigils under its “Nuisance Project: Young Women Speak Peace to Power”. The project which is funded by STAR-Ghana aims to provide a platform for young women to advocate for peace before, during, and after the 2012 election.

The aim of the event is to bring about a greater understanding and appreciation of the peace Ghana enjoys; the high cost of war; violence and strife and the need to maintain the peace that is taken for granted. The event will also bring to the fore the effect of war, violence and conflict on women and children in particular and the benefits of advancing the rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups in a peaceful country.

The vigil will bring together participants from different groups and faiths and would involve the sharing of peace messages by various speakers; display of peace messages on cards, a movie show, musical performances, singing of hymns and a brief prayer session. Candles will be lit at a point as a symbolism of love, hope and celebration of our oneness as a people. A war library photo exhibition show-casing the effects of war and atrocious acts perpetrated by people in various African counties.


The Quiet Peace Vigil which is a free event and open to the general public will come off on Friday 15th June 2012 at the Osu Ebenezer Presby Church ground in Accra from 7:00 p.m till daybreak. Participants are expected to wear white tops.

It is also hoped that the heightened awareness on the high cost of civil strife and war which could result from election violence would encourage citizens to collectively work towards ensuring violence free elections in Ghana.


Background Information

The Young Women speak peace to power is an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project. It is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

link-symbolKoforidua Vigil Report.pdf4 MB22/02/2013

Sep 17, 2012

PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release - 17 September 2012

POLITICAL PARTIES MUST CEASE AND DESIST FROM USING OFFENSIVE AND DIVISIVE LANGUAGE DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

 

         The Young Women for Peace Group, has followed with great concern the events that have been taking place in the country in the last few weeks and the continuous provocative remarks and offensive comments that have been made in the public by officials and supporters of the two main political parties in Ghana, namely, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP).

 

         The Young Women for Peace Group further notes with great concern that among the divisive remarks and offensive comments that have been made are those by Mr. Yaw Boateng-Gyan, the NDC National Organizer. Mr Boateng Gyan has in the recent past been alleged to have been tape recorded discussing plans to draft some unidentified party foot soldiers into the Special Force of the Ghana Armed Forces, hence enabling the said soldiers to infiltrate competitor parties, as part of the NDC winning strategy.

 

         The Young Women for Peace Group wishes to call upon the NDC, as the current political party in government, not to condone the kind of language and tactis being employed by such persons within their party. The same concern goes to all other political parties in the country. The Young Women for Peace Group calls upon the National Security to investigate the said recording and allay the fears of all Ghanaians especially women and youth that, there will be zero tolerance for any kind of political violence alleged or otherwise in the country before, during and after elections.

 

The Young Women for Peace Group also wishes to remind the entire public that maintenance of peace is not a preserve of the military or police but also each one of us. The Young Women for Peace Group, sponsored by Star Ghana under the auspices of the Nuisance Project-Young Women Speak Peace to Power continues to work assiduously for total peace of the country towards election 2012 in collaboration with all women’s group in Ghana.

 

Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:

Angela Darko

Group Member

Background Information

The Young Women for Peace an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak Peace to Power is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

 

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the war library photo exhibition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation at 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk

Sep 17, 2012

PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release - 17 September 2012

POLITICAL PARTIES MUST CEASE AND DESIST FROM USING OFFENSIVE AND DIVISIVE LANGUAGE DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

 

         The Young Women for Peace Group, has followed with great concern the events that have been taking place in the country in the last few weeks and the continuous provocative remarks and offensive comments that have been made in the public by officials and supporters of the two main political parties in Ghana, namely, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP).

 

         The Young Women for Peace Group further notes with great concern that among the divisive remarks and offensive comments that have been made are those by Mr. Yaw Boateng-Gyan, the NDC National Organizer. Mr Boateng Gyan has in the recent past been alleged to have been tape recorded discussing plans to draft some unidentified party foot soldiers into the Special Force of the Ghana Armed Forces, hence enabling the said soldiers to infiltrate competitor parties, as part of the NDC winning strategy.

 

         The Young Women for Peace Group wishes to call upon the NDC, as the current political party in government, not to condone the kind of language and tactis being employed by such persons within their party. The same concern goes to all other political parties in the country. The Young Women for Peace Group calls upon the National Security to investigate the said recording and allay the fears of all Ghanaians especially women and youth that, there will be zero tolerance for any kind of political violence alleged or otherwise in the country before, during and after elections.

 

The Young Women for Peace Group also wishes to remind the entire public that maintenance of peace is not a preserve of the military or police but also each one of us. The Young Women for Peace Group, sponsored by Star Ghana under the auspices of the Nuisance Project-Young Women Speak Peace to Power continues to work assiduously for total peace of the country towards election 2012 in collaboration with all women’s group in Ghana.

 

Issued and signed on behalf of the Young Women for Peace by:

Angela Darko

Group Member

Background Information

The Young Women for Peace an initiative of The Ark Foundation, Ghana under the Nuisance Project – Young Women Speak Peace to Power is funded by STAR Ghana and forms part of The Ark’s efforts to ensure peace during election 2012.

 

The Ark is an advocacy-based, women’s human rights non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to seek the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and children.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the war library photo exhibition or The Nuisance Project, please contact The Ark Foundation at 233 302 511610 or info@arkfoundationghana.org / thearkgh@yahoo.co.uk