Kobina Ansah Writes: In the Pants of a woman

Kobina Ansah Writes: In the Pants of a woman

In the pants of a woman is a product that is not for everybody’s consumption. In there is a world that belongs only to them. In the pants of a woman is a pleasure that is not for everyone’s leisure. Deep down inside the pants of a woman is a private space… not a public property!

It’s amazing how others assume that the body of a woman is for their sexual pleasure, thus, must have it at all cost when they want it. You wonder if others come from Pluto when they assume that the content in the pants of every woman is for their satisfaction; even at the discomfort of the said woman.

We are living in times that make everyone exposed to a myriad of dangers clothed in human skin. Our daughters and mothers are especially exposed to people whose heads are used for everything except thinking. From the harsh economic conditions to all the frenzy that goes on on social media, our women are now more exposed to rapists and rape apologists more than they were before.

According to a six-year statistics from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, 1,856 women were reportedly raped between 2011 and 2016. In 2011 alone, a woman was averagely raped each day of the year. Mind you, for every reported rape case, there are two or more others that were never reported for stigmatization sake!

Our society aids and abets rape. Most rapists find our society a safe haven because we hand to them a lifeline when we condemn victims and stereotype them. It will amaze you the overwhelming number of women who have had to gloss over their abuse because they couldn’t stand society’s mockery had they reported. And… that’s how society conspires with rapists to be in business!

In this 21st century, we still have so-called level-headed people writing off rape cases because victims were in skimpy clothes. Assuming that someone’s skimpy clothes is the cause of rape is like assuming that every robbery case should be excused because victims were probably flaunting their money on the street. Even if people flaunt their money, it is their money. If they expose their body, it is theirs. Robbery, just like rape, has no excuse!

Justifying a rape case because the victim was in the perpetrator’s premises is like admitting that anyone has the permission to drive away any car they see in their premises. Such a Stone Age mindset!  Rape is a crime… and has no excuse whatsoever even if the victim was parading naked!

Every woman’s body is their body― it belongs to them alone. Until one is given permission, it is an abuse― a crime. Our men must know that sexual abuse has no excuse. In the pants of a woman is their privacy― deep in there is a part of them that is strictly private.

It’s about time we protected our women and children. It’s about time we made our daughters and sisters understood that no one can get into their pants without their permission. It’s high time we made them know that no one can steal the content in their pants without their consent. We need to make them know that it is a part of their body, not an extension of public property.

We have to let our daughters know that trust makes them vulnerable. It’s about time we explained to them that they can’t trust anybody any more than they trust themselves because almost every single rape case was perpetrated on the beds of those victims, at least, had an iota of trust for. Oftentimes, those they trust are the same to thrust a spear into their hearts.

Our daughters should be wary on social media. Not everyone can be a friend. Not everyone is worth engaging in a conversation. A lot of evil people are prowling around. Rapists hide behind accounts and lure others into their haven. They warm their way into their hearts and find a way of seducing them. They ply their trade so well that before they know, they are already victims.

While we protect our women, we need to empower them as well. We need to empower our girls to report rape cases. We need to strengthen our mothers to voice out any form of sexual abuse meted out to them. It is not a norm to be raped neither is it a norm to have it unreported. Our women should be strong enough not to bottle up any form of abuse!

Empowerment begins with shoving away every form of stigmatization heaped on victims. If we want to have a society where rapists and their apologists are exposed and punished, we should not verbally abuse the sexually abused. If we ever wish to live in a society which is rid of pedophiles and their kind, we should be brave enough to confront the perpetrators and not the victims.

Every woman is at risk because men whose lust has no bounds abound. Men who would pounce on anyone in skirt are all over place. No one should be allowed to walk away after selfishly abusing another because they are vulnerable. Our girls are at risk in their schools and even in our homes. Our mothers are, too. Every woman is at risk!

As much as we protect them, we should let them know that they should never be silent on any hints of sexual abuse. They should earn our confidence and not be suppressed by the fear of their abusers. When we get into the hearts of our daughters, no one can “break” into their pants.

In their pants is a home. Only a burglar breaks in!

The writer is a playwright and Chief Scribe of Scribe Communications (www.scribecommltd.com), a writing company based in Accra. His play TRIBELESS is on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at National Theatre.

HMD Global partners Accra Men’s Fashion Week for its 3rd Edition

HMD Global partners Accra Men’s Fashion Week for its 3rd Edition

Accra Ghana, June 12, 2018–– HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones is partnering with Accra Men’s Fashion Week for its 3rd edition set to take place on the 15th and 16th of June 2018 at the Impact Hub and Trade Fair Center respectively.

This year’s event features the Fashion Business Seminar, which is powered by Nokia Phones on the topic “The influence of Mobile Technology on Fashion”.

With a commitment to innovation and quality, HMD Global is the proud exclusive licensee of the new Nokia phones brand for mobile phones. HMD Global designs and markets a complete range of smartphones and feature phones targeted at a number  of consumers and price points.

The Seminar is aimed at creating a learning platform for up-coming talents and established ones within the fashion and modeling industry to improve their personal and business brands especially how they can adapt technology to improve their work life.

Speaking at the Fashion Business Seminar will be the Business Manager West Africa for HMD Global, Mr. Emmanuel Ossai who will share insights into how Mobile Technology is influencing fashion.

Other speakers include the CEO of Accra Men’s Fashion Week, Nana Mensah, Rajesh Kumar Pillai, Head of Academics, School of Fashion and Design at Bluecrest College.

The Seminar will be moderated by Ms Faith Senam Ocloo, Fashion PR Specialist and a Columnist with the Business and Financial Times Newspaper.

The main event which is the runway show will be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre. It will begin with a street style which will feature style influencers and fashionistas rocking their statement pieces for the season.

The main runway show will begin at 7pm prompt showcasing leading Menswear Designers from Ghana as well as Designers from other African countries.

AMFW 18 is supported by Nokia Mobile

Are women their own enemies?

Are women their own enemies?

We live in a era of debate on gender. One striking issue is that of women finding their place. From arguments on the place of women in the home or society to the “side chic vs. main chic dramas”, society seeks to have a discussion, more so by the subjects of these discussions.
SISTAZSHARE is that haven. We firmly believe that women can find solace in being their best allies. With programs like “Let’s Get Naked”, “Who is a Fabulous Woman” and Woman”, “Know Your Rights”, etc… we seek to have these needed discussions. Our Catch? An all-women social media environment!
We believe in the discussions not just ending up as chats but resulting in intriguing articles that we would feed to major news portals in order to communicate the voice of the average woman.
Join us for our First session of “Woman, Know Your Rights” this Friday, 25th May, 2018 as we look at the law and marriage in African settings with a lawyer from the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Ghana).
Search “sistazshare” on Facebook and request to join the closed group. It’s Women Only!
Link to the public page: https://www.facebook.com/sistazshare/
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Accra Men’s fashion week to come on in June 2018

Accra Men’s fashion week to come on in June 2018

Accra Ghana, May 15th, 2018 –Accra Men’s Fashion Week, Ghana’s only menswear fashion showcase is set to hold its 3rd edition on the 15th and 16th of June 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

This year’s event which is also dubbed the “Man it up 2.0” follows a successful man it up edition last year. Accra Men’s Fashion Week is a multiday fashion showcase creating a platform for both Models and Men’s wear clothing & accessories designers to showcase new collections.

The Man it Up 2.0 edition will feature a Fashion Business Seminar on Friday 15th of June 2018 at Impact Hub Osu from 12pm to 4pm which is aimed at bringing together up & coming talents, established brands and other industry experts to share knowledge on Men’s Fashion, Style and how technology has improved the fashion industry.

The main event which is the runway show will be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre. It will begin with a street style which will feature style influencers and fashionistas rocking their statement pieces for the season

The main runway show will begin at 7pm prompt showcasing leading Menswear Designers from Ghana as well as Designers from other African countries.

Ticket prices are 50 Cedis regular and 100 Cedis VIP and will be sold at the gate.

AMFW 18 is supported by Fashion gh, GN Electronics, Gato Negro, SuperMalt, PowerMalt, Debonairafrik, auntieoboshie, VivaGh Media (vivaghana.com), Guyman style, TV7, MonteOz

For more information about AMFW 2018 event schedule, business seminar topics and designer lineup please follow us on social media or contact 0243150698.

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About Accra Men’s Fashion Week

Accra Men’s Fashion week is a yearly fashion showcase which was first held in 2016, it is organized by Fame Model Management, the aim of AMFW is to create a platform for the showcase of new collections by creative men’s wear designers and brands. We aim to bring together men’s wear designers, buyers, stockists, bloggers and consumers under one roof. Through AMFW we also aim to recognize Must Watch Emerging and Established Designers as well as Models.

 

Contact Details

Telephone number: 0243150698

We Don’t Need Jobs!

We Don’t Need Jobs!

The end of another month is here. Every worker will walk to the bank but only a few may do so smiling. While a chunk may be withdrawing their measly salary to pay off their debts only to start another cycle of borrowing, the fat cheques of the few others may be spent on more and more luxuries. The irony of life is that those who work more are oftentimes paid less and those who work less are paid more.
Entrepreneurship is such a great venture but when it is driven by selfishness, it puts everyone at risk. When a few greedy ones use this tool to reach the top, everyone else pays for it. It becomes a fulltime job dealing with such characters because all they think about is how to outwit others for their selfish desires. All they think about is feeding their wants at the expense of the needs of others!
There’s so much talk about everyone getting into entrepreneurship in one way or the other. That’s great. However, what we forget to remind them is that no one ever reaches the top alone. Just as there’s no head without a neck, there’s no employer without his/her employees.
As we dare others to chart the path of entrepreneurship, let’s not forget to add that no employer creates a product/service alone. The premium customers of every business are the employees. When we treat them right, it affects every aspect of the business. We must not forget to remind our wannabe entrepreneurs that we need people to succeed… and after we have succeeded, we should not forget them!
The ultimate goal of every entrepreneur is not to provide jobs― it is to provide well-paying jobs. Anyone can create jobs. What makes a good entrepreneur, however, stand out from the rest is providing a job that won’t be worse than having none. A job is no job if your employees still have the job of searching for another job!
When people say they have provided jobs, the question we should be asking is whether or not they are “hand-to-mouth” jobs. When they pride themselves in the fact that they are putting food on the table of others, we should be wondering if it is not leftover food. We need to move from the level of just providing jobs!
We don’t need jobs. We need jobs that we can really call a job. We don’t just want to be occupied all through the month with little or nothing to show for at the end of the month. We don’t need jobs that will make others richer and us… poorer.
Entrepreneurship is supposed to be driven by the heart, not stomach. When we put ourselves in the shoes of others, we won’t allow them to walk in such. We won’t buy expensive cars for ourselves while we leave them with peanuts that won’t even last them till the next peanuts come. Our human capital should be our priceless capital!
How one treats their staff goes a long way to tell the future of their business. A firm that runs on the wheels of one person’s greed will soon grind to a halt because greed is contagious. Every man or woman in that firm will sooner or later become greedy, too. Call it corruption!
When I see an entrepreneur flaunting their wealth all over the place, I ask myself how well they are paying their staff. It’s utter fraud to be living in luxury when those who made the wealth with you are living in penury. It’s only an irresponsible man who tries to look rich in the eyes of society when his home is starving.
The truest reflection of our wealth is seen in the hearts of those who work for us. The worth we place on our employees is a mirror of our state of wealth. Our greatest investment is an investment into our human capital. When we invest into our human resource, it will yield an overflowing result. If we can’t imagine investing in our staff, we should stop imagining investing in our business because it will yield almost no result.
We need entrepreneurs who know the worth of their staff. We need employers who will travel to the moon and back to give their employees a befitting reward of a salary each month. We need job providers who will appreciate every effort each employee puts into the business. Our businesses can’t grow if the reward system for our employees is not growing either.
We need people-centered leaders, especially entrepreneurs. We need entrepreneurs who will treat others the way they would have loved to be treated if they were in their shoes. We need jobs that will make us feel a part of them. We need jobs that will not only feed our mouths… but our hearts, too. We don’t only need jobs. We need jobs that won’t be the reason we are chasing after more jobs!
Flaunt your wealth on your staff… not on unnecessary stuff. When you hold your staff in high esteem, they hold your business in high esteem, too. When you treat them as junk, your business continues to remain a tabletop one. The surest way of business expansion is to convince your staff beyond doubt that you’ll be there for them just as they always been there for you.
An entrepreneur is like a football coach. A good one will always affect the output of his players. A bad one will always be the reason for the countless losses. We need jobs… but not jobs that will treat us as nothing but jobs!
We need entrepreneurs who understand the golden rule― entrepreneurs who will do for others what they want others to do for them. We don’t need something we can call a job. We need something that is really a job!

 

The writer is a playwright and Chief Scribe of Scribe Communications (www.scribecommltd.com), a writing company based in Accra. His play TRIBELESS is on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at National Theatre.