Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has underscored the need for women empowerment to be at the center of actualizing the positive legacies of Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Addressing the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA) recently, Vice President Taylor cautions that as Africans, “our common purpose is not one dedicated to racial superiority.”
Instead, she says African’s common purpose is that racial harmony and respect for the rights of all God’s children are essential elements by which “we can collectively rise in shared responsibilities and contributions to a better world for ourselves, and for posterity.”
The HACSA Summit 2019, being held in Accra, Ghana, runs from August 7- 10 under the theme: “Linking, Reconciling and Reuniting Communities 400 years after the start of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade”.
The Vice President shared the platform with Amb. KwesiQuartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Barbara Oteng-Gyapi, Minister of Tourism and Arts of Ghana, Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo, Country Director of UNESCO, Ghana, and Samia Nkrumah, former Member of the Parliament of Ghana and daughter of legendary ex-president Kwame Nkrumah.
Speaking further, Madam Howard-Taylor intimated that the HACSA Summit proves that Africans are still possessed of the dreams, hopes and aspirations of their forebears.
She adds that even slavery could not take away Affican’s innate desires to build and to grow into the eminence that was once theirs.
Madam Taylor argues that if as slaves Africans could improve the economies of others, teach themselves to read and write, and sing a song of unfading hope, then as freed men and women, they can manage their economies, embrace good governance, end corruption and provide quality education for the youth across Africa.
In her address, Madam Taylor indicates that the center of the matter is that the African woman is empowered, must be capacitated in order to be able to proudly stand, and to assume her rightful place, side by side with her male counterparts.
Madam Taylor has been shortlisted among 100 most influential women in Africa.
The list was published by a reputable Public Relations firm, Avance Media, which operates in seven countries across Africa.
The HACSA Summit is a convergence of political leaders, professionals and civil society actors to discuss the legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its attending impacts on Africa and its people.
HACSA was founded in 2016 by Amb. Johanna O. Svanikier, and has since witnessed the participation of more than 2000 individuals from more than 35 countries across the world.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley