28th Mole Conference:
The 28th Mole Conference was held on the 2nd-6th October 2017 at the Accra International Conference Center. The conference which is the held annually brings together stakeholders (State, non-State and private sector) in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector(WASH) in Ghana to deliberate on the current state of WASH in Ghana. This year’s Mole conference was on the theme “Ghana’s Lower Middle Income Status: Implications fo Sustainable WASH Service Delivery”. The sub-themes for the conference were:
- Alternative Financing Mechanisms
- Responding to Equity and Vulnerability
- Private Sector Participation in WASH
- Institutional Reforms
- Policy and Advocacy
The Foundation for Grassroots Initiatives in Africa (GrassRootsAfrica) participated in the conference. The Executive Director, Mrs. Hawa Nibi Amenga-Etego participated in an expert panel discussion on Policy and Advocacy in the WASH sector. She discussed and answered some questions from the participants on gender issues in WASH and how to ensure that gender is taken into consideration in WASH programs in order to ensure and contribute to the achievement of the SDG 6 on WASH.
Women2030 National Trainer of Trainers Workshop on Gender and SDGs:
The Foundation of Grassroots Initiatives in Africa (GrassRootsAfrica) held a National Trainer of Trainers workshop on Gender and SDGs for selected women and gender-based CSOs at the Freedom Hotel in Ho from the 9th – 10th October 2017. The training was part of a 5-year project titled “Women2030” in partnership with the Women Environment Program (WEP) based in Abuja and with support from the European Union Development Cooperation arm DEVCO. The aim of the Women2030 project is to:
- build capacity of women’s civil society organizations
- contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement by advancing local and regional sustainable development while ensuring it is equitable and inclusive.
The coalition does this by
- facilitating participation in policy development and monitoring,
- mobilizing citizen’s support and
- sharing best practices.
The key program areas of the project are
- capacity building,
- strategic cooperation and policy advocacy,
- media and social outreach.
The first part of the implementation is capacity building and in this regard trainings were organized for women and gender based organizations across the 4 regions. It is in this regard this ToT was organized by GrassRootsAfrica.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
The workshop was organized as part of the ongoing capacity building of women and gender based CSOs. It was specifically:
- To build capacity of participating organizations on gender and SDGs to enhance their work on SDGs
- To build capacity of participants to build capacity of other community based organizations.
- To enable participating organizations to monitor the implementation of the SDGs in their Districts/Regions as well as the country at large.
Themes of the Workshop:
- Understanding Gender, Concepts and Approaches to mainstreaming gender in SDGs.
- Ensure Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (SDG5)
- Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6)
- Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7)
- Climate Action (SDG 13)
- Life on Land (SDG 15)