Ghana Journalists Association’s Vice President, Mrs Linda Asante-Agyei has charged women not to shy away from leadership roles as they encompass the foundation and pillar of every structure in life. She was speaking at a webinar organised to honour women, health journalists and women industrial workers, for their distinguished roles in contributing to the health and wellness of people in their respective countries Manipal Hospitals, India’s second-largest multi-speciality healthcare provider and a pioneer in healthcare.
Asante-Agyei and fourteen others around the globe were honoured as ‘superwomen’ at the back of the celebration of International Women’s Day. They include; President and Founder of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Selima Ahmad; President, Dhaka Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Banglades Naaz Farhana; President, Addu Women’s Association of the Maldives, Dr Mariyam Shakeela; President, Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka Shirley Jayawardena; Executive Director for the Association of Media Women in Kenya Judie Kaberia; Malawai Daily Times’ Maltilda Chimwaza; and Executive Director, Tanzania Media Women’s Association Dr Rose Reuben.
The rest were National President, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists Ladi Bala; President, Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists Ndih Maureen; and Royal FM Cameroon’s affiliate Radio Jockey’s Promise Akanteh.
In a webinar supported by the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Comrade Christopher Isiguzo and National President of the Cameroon Association of Media Professionals Solomon Agborem, Asante-Agyei speaking under the theme “Break the Bias” entreated women to challenge themselves by daring the male-dominated fields and taking charge.
Mrs Agyei works with the Ghana News Agency as a senior editor. She has been reporting on health and science for twenty-six years. As the Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association, she has championed the health needs of journalists promoting healthy eating and the need for journalists especially female journalists to stay healthy.
“Balancing a career and that of the family is extremely stressful resulting in them suffering from various health issues throughout their lives. It is therefore important we take good care of our health at every stage of our lives, from regular health problems to severe problems,” she said.
The Chief Operating Officer of the Manipal Hospitals Mr Karthik Rajagopal encouraged women of every age group to understand the importance of their health and to start a conversation around women’s wellbeing, adding “Manipal Hospitals believes that every woman deserves to live a healthy and happy life.”
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