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H. E. Samira Bawumia, wife of Vice President Bawumia in collaboration with the Oforikrom Municipal A ssembly has organised a stakeholders consultative meeting to see how best to enroll the ‘Needles 4 girls’ project in the municipality. She said the meeting was aimed at engaging the minds of stakeholders on the ‘Needles for girls’ project which is a project to be rolled out by the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects, (SEHP).

The project, Network for Enterprise Development through Sewing for Girls, dubbed ‘Needles 4 girls’ (N4G) is aimed at taking young women from deprived areas who have genuine interest in learning fashion design, to equip them with fashion related employable skills. It is also to empower them to be self-sufficient and fend for their families.

Mrs Bawumia said the project would also transform the lives of at 1,500 deprived girls combining a variety of methodologies to pick, groom, train, equip, and set up vibrant fashion related business across the country.

SEHP is a non-profit organisation that has four core mandates, education, health, women empowerment as well as entrepreneurial development, with its mission to facilitate self-sufficiency in women and break the cycle of poverty through diverse social interventions.

She noted that the fashion industry in Ghana over the years continued to experience flourishing growth owning in part to the demand for quality products by the lower, expanding middle and upper classes.

Mrs Bawumia noted that high unemployment among the youth with girls being the most affected and vulnerable had culminated in the idea to roll out the Needles 4 girls project to give the girls the opportunity to convert their talents and interest into viable fashion businesses.

She commended the GIZ for their commitment

The ‘Needles for girls’ project seeks to combine various methodologies to train, teach and groom deprived girls in the fashion related profession so that in the end they could either set up their own business or belong to a supply chain in the fashion related businesses in existence.

The northern zone comprising of Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions, the middle zone comprising of Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Volta and the Eastern Regions and the Coastal zones comprising of Greater Accra, Western and Central Regions. The three-year training courses would cover areas in dress making and tailoring, beads making, shoe making, entrepreneurship, personal grooming, business ethics, sexual reproductive health, health insurance, occupational health and safety among others.