Nana Konadu Opens Women’s Leadership Conference and Urges Women to Reach for Higher Heights

15 07 2011

Nana Konadu addressing the conferenceFormer First Lady and President of the 31st December Women’s Movement, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings on Thursday opened the West African Women in Leadership Conference in Accra and said, women are crucial in the nation building.

Nana Konadu said she was proud to be the first woman in Ghanaian history to attempt to run for the high office of the presidency.

Please find below the full text of her short opening address.

Speech for the Opening of the West African Women in Leadership Conference by Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings
Venue: Alisa Hotel, Accra Date: July 14, 2011

Conference organizers, Nananom, distinguished ladies and gentlemen:

It is with great pride that I stand before you today as the first woman in the history of Ghana to attempt a run for the Office of President. It was not easy. There was no level playing field, but I went in with the boldness that it required.

Listening to the song that the lady sang here today, I think we should all take inspiration from the words:

You alone know what tomorrow brings
In a world where few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel,
When it’s real, I’m going to keep it alive
For the road is long . . . and there are mountains in the way . . .
But with Jesus, we’ll climb higher every day

Chorus: Lord lift us up where we belong
On the mountain high
Where the eagles fly . . .
Lord lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Where the clean winds blow.

The growing number of women who are assuming prominent and frontline positions in politics and business is a direct manifestation of the strides women are making in African affairs.

This conference is a noble undertaking aimed at empowering women to intensify our efforts in various fields of endeavour to give credence to the growing belief that women are crucial in nation building. I dare emphasize that women are the centre of nation building.

On behalf of the women of the sub-region and particularly Ghanaian women, I wish all of you a successful conference.

I believe strongly that at the end of the conference we will have climbed a step further on our journey, helping and assisting women in the sub-region to reach for new and higher heights in our respective endeavours.

At this point, it is with great honour and unbounded privilege to declare the third edition of the annual West African Women in Leadership Conference in Accra duly open.

Ayekoo and welcome to Ghana.

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