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Regional News of Sunday, 24 November 2013

Source: GNA

Council of Women Traditional Leaders celebrates 3rd festival

The Council of Women Traditional Leaders (CWTL) over the weekend celebrated its 3rd national festival that brought them together under one umbrella to foster peace, unity and strength.

The festival which was on the theme: “National peace and unity festival,” aimed at mobilising CWTL to play a more effective and efficient role in advocacy, training, cultural promotion and preservation, and to empower women economically, socially and politically for full participation in decision making.

Nana Amponsah Dokua III, Paramount Queen mother of Osu, said CWTL is pleased with the decided taken by the Minister of Chieftaincy that women who are paramount chiefs should be admitted into the National House of Chiefs.

She said the decision would enable the CWTL to voice their contributions towards the development of the nation.

“We as Queen mothers are not in any way trying to rub shoulders with our chiefs. No we are not, but as we all know that the pillar behind every successful man is the hardworking woman; so for our chiefs to be very successful, (depends on) … hardworking queens,” she said.

Nana Dokua said peace is very fragile and could be easily destroyed through carelessness “so the peace we enjoy in Ghana must not be taken for granted; we must all protect it jealously”.

She called on politicians to view politics as a tool for development and progress, and not as a weapon for attacking and destruction.

“Let us all try to season our political messages with sweet scented flavours that would sound pleasant and soothing in every ear that hears it. God has protected our peace so far and we must not turn away from Him,” she noted.

Mamaga Amega Kofi Bra I, President of CWTL and the Paramount Queen mother of Peki said the festival is been celebrated to share ideas, to make new friends and to also resolve issues among themselves.

Nana Ama Amponsah III, President of Queen mother’s Association of the Central Region said members have leant new things like dressing and how to talk in public.

She advised the youth to stop practicing the western culture which has led to indecent dressing and listen to advice from elders to enable them to be good leaders in future.