Market ladies are taught to have patience
Dr. Edward Ampratwum, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana’s Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster, asked Ghanaian market vendors, delivery people, and artisans to practice tolerance and peace in their daily lives on Friday.
He asserted that a culture of peace and the development of robust, long-lasting societies depend on tolerance for pluralism.
Dr. Ampratwum said in his keynote speech at a community engagement on peaceful coexistence in Accra, “I wish to remind all and everyone that it behooves us to collectively develop constructive social connections for a peaceful society.”
Market women, commercial drivers, and artisans participated in the workshop that the National Peace Council (NPC) and the United Nations (UN) in Ghana organized on the subject of “Managing Ethnic Diversity in Ghana for Sustainable Peace.”
It is a part of the events commemorating the week-long 2022 International Peace Day celebration with the slogan “End Racism. Build Peace.”
The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981 to celebrate and reinforce the values of peace within and among all nations and peoples as a time of non-violence and cease-fire.
According to Dr. Ampratwum, discriminatory attitudes and behaviors are learned, not innate traits of people. For this reason, he argued, “it is imperative that children learn the value of diversity and respect for and appreciation of difference as early as possible, and most importantly in the home environment and continued in the school environment.”
According to him, Ghana has been rightly referred to as the oasis of peace in Africa, and this was not something that just happened. Under the strong national institutions and commitment to democracy and peace, they were optimistic that Ghana would remain peaceful for development to flourish.
He emphasized the importance of reminding us all to accept our diversity while also acknowledging and celebrating our shared humanity as the subject of this year’s International Peace Day event.
He stated once more that several types of racism, racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and related intolerance continue to harm millions of people, and he added that these threats to human existence are not only still there but are also constantly taking on new forms.
According to him, all State Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) are obligated to eradicate all kinds of racial discrimination and to advance interracial understanding.
Using the argument that “the market is a venue of cultural expression,” Dr. Ampratwum urged the market women to end all racial prejudice there.
According to reports from the Small Arms Commission, there are still thousands of guns that Ghanaians have unlawfully purchased and are being utilized for a variety of criminal acts, said Mrs. Joana Adzoa Opare, a member of the NPC Governing Board.
To maintain the peace and security of our nation, she said, “We would like to utilize this opportunity to ask for a review of Ghana’s arms purchase, utilization, and monitoring system.
The NPC’s Executive Secretary, Mr. George Amoh, led the opening forum discussion and stated that the organization’s goal was to capitalize on Ghana’s pre-existing inter-ethnic and inter-religious ties to foster tolerance, unity, and more inclusive society.
He said that the NPC’s advocacy and public awareness program also aimed to forge strong ties between the Council and market vendors, delivery drivers, and artists.
For there to be peace in society, there must also be justice, said Mr. Kofi Afful, Welfare Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union’s (GPRTU) Tema Station Branch. He also expressed his concern about the police’s arbitrary detention of some of their members.
The Greater Accra Region Market Women Association’s President, Madam Mercy Naa Afrowa Needjan, pleaded with her colleagues to make sure that there was lasting peace at every market in the Region.