The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of UK is celebrated in the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Rotary International organized a day’s event in Accra on the 19th of May 2022. The theme for the event was “empowering queen mothers for sustainable community development.
The occasion was used to empower identified queen mothers in the country, as change agents in their respective societies.
Among the speakers were the Executive Director of HFFG Mrs. Cecilia Senoo, and the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Hon. Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey.
Mrs. Cecilia Senoo urged queen mothers to use their positions in their local communities to tackle issues relating to gender -based violence against women and girls.
She said women needed to be empowered and encouraged in their various communities to be able to deal with issues affecting them.
The MCE of AMA, Ms Elisabeth Sackey, also urged women to identify themselves as part of the solution to sanitation-related issues.
Queen mothers are very important in the traditional authority system in many Ghanaian communities. As a women, children and young people focused organisation, Queen mothers play key roles in HFFG’s intervention areas.
HFFG leverages on the authority of the Queen mother to increase community support for its projects at all levels. Some of these projects relate to TB control at the community level, Elimination of Violence Against Women, Advocacy for Family Planning Services, Menstrual Hygiene Management, and Immunization advocacy.