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General News of Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Source: Patrick Oppong-Sekyere Mensah

Ho Technical University SRC elects first Female President

History was made on Ho Technical University campus on 30th April 2018 as Vera Fafa Agbenya was elected as the first female president of the school's SRC.

The position which hitherto was the preserve of men is now going to be headed by a determined Vera Fafa Agbenya who secured 1,245 votes signifying 51.6% as against Bright Delali Atakuma's 1,1140 representing 47.2%.

50 years after its establishment, the Ho Technical University has finally elected a female as its SRC President.

The outgoing President, Mr. Frederick Cobby Mudey expressed his view that "It is an honour handing over as the jubilee President to a history President. I always fight for women empowerment and I think, the time has come where people are hearing our voices because Cape Coast Technical University recorded their female President-elect few days to our history.
It is my belief that, she will deliver as expected from her in order to dispute the critics of women not being able to withstand pressure from such an office."

Courage Christson Tetteh former HTU SRC General Secretary 2013/2014 shared a great point of view after the elections "In the month of May, the current Women Commissioner, Lily Dzamesi along with Global Shapers Ho Hub, LIFE-MAC Network Foundation, Feminine Star Africa and Barcamp Ho, launched a Woman Acceleration Summit to commemorate the International Women Day and pressed for the progress of women.

It is therefore not surprising to hear that a female President has been elected following this event. The institution has had its first female Rector some 4 years ago when it was still Ho Polytechnic. At this point, we can only hope that the SRC President-elect, Vera will work hard and prove to the world that the woman is also capable of handle responsibilities that have hitherto appeared to be a preserve for men. We should expect more capable women represented in the various SRC committees.

According to a report by World Economic Forum, the gender gap is said to take 200 years to close. A report recently released by UN Women shows that only 23% percent of women in leadership and on 4% are CEO is of Fortune 500 companies. So one can obviously say reports such as this from HTU, makes gender advocates like myself excited."

History will have this written down and many will recall such memories of how the impossible dream was made possible. Yes, history has it that she wasn't the first lady to try the Presidency but she will be the first to walk into that office heads high.