UN and Goethe Institut host photo exhibition to mark International Women's Day

Accra, 11 March 2015

The Goethe Institut and United Nations Ghana officially opened a two-week photo exhibition yesterday to mark International Women's Day (IWD). The photos were selected as part of a competition according to this year's official IWD theme 'Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it and Make it Happen'.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr Robert Sobotta, the Director of Goethe Institut, highlighted the importance of women's empowerment. He noted that even in his home country of Germany, female representation in senior work positions is still very low, but that Germany's first female Chancellor Angela Merkel serves a role model for other women to seek such positions. 

Ms Christine Evans-Klock, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, noted that the photo exhibition includes illustrations of how far we have come, and of how far we have yet to go to achieve the ambitious but realistic agenda for empowering girls and women, and realizing their human rights, that was set out in the Beijing Platform for Action some 20 years ago. Her remark was backed by the Honourable John Alexander Ackon, the Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, who encouraged the guests to appreciate the stories behind the pictures. 

The winner of the photo competition, Mr Nicholas Adatsi, welcomed the recognition he as a photographer achieved through his photos. Mr Adatsi received a 1,500 Cedis award, and the two runner-ups Geofrey Buta and Gerald Nartey, received 1000 and 500 Cedis respectively. The exhibition that not only showcases photos from the competition, but also a selection of photos from various UN agencies, is open to the public for another two weeks.