The Organisation:

Ghana Womens Voices Foundation (GWV) is a non-profit organization engaged in empowering the marginalized in the society, especially women and girls. Formed to respond to the development and humanitarian needs of women and girls, activities of the foundation focus on issues concerning health, education, growth and enterprise development.  GWV’s headquarters are in Accra, and GWV operates throughout Ghana with an ultimate aim  to spread its operations  across the west-African sub region.


GWV began its services in 2007 to provide a ‘woman- centered’ solution to challenges faced by women and girls in Ghana in their bid to develop and maximize their potential.

GWV conducts programs and activities implemented by and for women within the target group with professional guidance to ensure ownership, commitment and sustainability of the project after completion.

Processes:

The guiding principle of GWV is that the empowerment of women and girls to improve their lives can be achieved, and this is carried out through public relations, consultation and project management processes.

GWV seeks to engage the active participation of the target group from problem identification through project preparation to implementation to ensure maintenance and sustainability of the project after completion.

GWV employs the services of qualified personnel and professionals in undertaking particular projects, especially those concerning young girl to ensure that the self worth of the girls is always maintained and protected.

Activities of the Foundation include:

  1. The development of business and entrepreneurial skills by exposing women and girls to diverse opportunities within the private sector
  2. Establishment of mentor-mentee relationships between accomplished women and the young women staying in correctional facilities
  3. Conduction of health related workshops or training programs that seek to ultimately result in positive outcomes for women’s health
  4. Execution of career guidance and counseling projects that seek to assist young women make important and relevant career choices which will ultimately improve their lives.
  5. Providing advocacy and consultancy services to women and children who became victims to any social issue.


PAST PROJECTS:
GWV/ Ipas Collaboration
Since 2008 GWV and Ipas Ghana have enjoyed a collaborative relationship. It began with a joint advocacy program on Reproductive Health Rights for young women leaders held for over 50 participants in November 2008.  The partnership has since expanded to providing collaborative trainings for chemical sellers and pharmacists on the topic of providing safe medical treatment for women seeking abortions.

GWV Pilot Osu Girls Correctional Facility Mentoring Program
In July of 2010, GWV completed a three-month long pilot mentorship program in partnership with the Osu Girls Correctional Facility. 12 established and successful women established one-on-one relationships with a girl staying in the only correctional facility for girls in Ghana. Each mentor was trained in Non-Formal Education by the Non-Formal Education Division of the Ministry of Education. Each mentor devoted three hours each week to tutoring their mentee in literacy and numeracy, as well as providing professional and personal guidance for their mentee.

GWV Pilot Mentoring Program for University Students
GWV in 2007 executed her maiden mentoring program. Attended by fifteen (15) young tertiary institution students, the mentees had an opportunity to work with mentors they aspired to be, belong to a network of women who were doing something for themselves and experience the practical side of theory learnt in school.

GWV 2nd Mentoring Program for University Students
17 young women had the opportunity to be part of the 2nd mentoring program. They had an opportunity to meet and share experiences with a member of the council of state, a Member of Parliament, and judge of the circuit court. This exposed the mentees to what could be possible. The 17 mentors were able to share with the young women, some of their relevant experiences, what solutions worked, in order to prevent making the same or similar mistakes.

GWV 3rd Mentoring Program for University Students
15 young women took part in the mentoring program in 2009. Included in the program was a training program in leadership, social activism, and entrepreneurship.Mentors were also trained on how to effectively mentor, how to assist a mentee to make life changing decisions and how to create an enabling environment for a young person  to open up and get the help they may require.