Development Diaries: NIMBUS Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with a mission to champion the rights of women and children through research, advocacy and capacity-building, has been launched in Accra.
The Foundation also aims to ensure that the concerns of women and children are comprehensively mainstreamed into national and local governance structures as well as into the national economic and development agenda.
Launched alongside the Foundation were the Foundation’s Website― www.nimbusfoundation.org and its monthly magazine―the Nimbus News as platforms for highlighting the success stories of women’s empowerment, the challenges and constraints in the fight for gender equality, and acts of violation of the rights of women and children.
In an address, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation, Ms Joyce Opoku-Boateng, said the Foundation was conceived out of a deep and undying desire to make an impact on the lives of women and children, and the belief in the intrinsic ability of women to positively transform society.
Ms Opoku-Boateng said when women were empowered to appreciate their potential and assert themselves, they would constitute a critical mass as agents of change for national development and, therefore, for society to develop, women’s empowerment was a must.
She commended the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), Akina Mama wa Africa and the African Women Leadership Institute (AWLI) for their pioneering work in promoting the rights of women and children.
She also paid glowing tribute to Hon. Gladys Asmah, a Former Minister in the Kufuor administration, for giving the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection a solid foundation, and described her as an icon of women’s empowerment and an inspiration to women.
Ms Opoku-Boateng expressed gratitude to the UN Women for their endorsement and support for the NIMBUS Foundation and called on the donor community to take note of the Foundation’s readiness to serve, adding that the Foundation would need more support from them to execute the Foundation’s projects and programmes.
She also commended the media for their reportage on acts of violations against women and children as in human trafficking, domestic violence, child labour, child prostitution and pornography, among others.
Ms Opoku-Boateng expressed the hope that the media would collaborate with all stakeholders―international development agencies, government and non-governmental organisations, and religious and traditional authorities― to give more impetus to their efforts.
In a keynote address, Mrs Bernice Sam, Executive Director of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), called for the state funding of NGOs in view of the dwindling resources available to NGOs.
Mrs Sam said NIMBUS Foundation was a welcome development that would complement the efforts of both government and existing NGOs to improve the conditions of women and children.