A Global Women’s Healing Summit

Posted: May 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Please join us as the  African American Council of Elders ~ Wichita/Sedgwick County welcome The Manya Krobo District Queen Mothers Association (MKDQMA).

When:  Sunday May 20, 2012 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where:  Tabernacle Bible Church 1817 N Volutsia St., Wichita, KS 67214

There will be a meal served, so RSVPs are encouraged!!!  Call Queen Mother Knox @ (316) 265-8511 or Council Administrator Elder Jackson @ (316) 264-8921 – No later than 5/15/2012!

 If no answer, please leave a message on voice mail indicating your intention

The Manya Krobo District Queen Mothers Association (MKDQMA)is a Ghanaian non-governmental organization registered with the department of Social Welfare in the Eastern Region in Ghana (Registration No. D.S.W. 2559).

The MKDQMA began its work in 1989 with 371 Queen Mothers drawn from six divisions of the Manya Krobo traditional area which covers both the Lower and Upper Manya Krobo Districts of the Eastern Region of the Republic of Ghana.

Queen Mothers are traditionally responsible for the welfare of women and children in their respective communities.

The evening will include a meal and the sharing of wisdom from Africa and beyond as it relates to women’s physical, mental/emotional and spiritual well-being.

More About the Manyo Krobo District Queen Mothers Association:

In Ghana, the Queen Mothers have been serving their communities a variety of functions, ranging from ancestral heads equal to the male chief, to respected persons within the community charged with the responsibility of performing various traditional rituals and rites. The position of the Queen Mother is inherited and recognized as leaders of other women within the community. They are natural leaders and custodians for girls and women, and their livelihoods and transition from virginity into adulthood.

However, the role of the Queen Mothers in some traditional areas has been challenged in the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Illiteracy, lack of resources, incomplete knowledge of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health and poor coordination among stakeholders have further constrained community intervention. The Queen Mothers’ decision making power and leadership skills need to be enhanced, and their role to be made more influential rather than simply symbolic and ceremonial.

The context of HIV/AIDS epidemic has alerted effective community intervention. Ghana has a relatively low prevalence of HIV/AIDS (3.1%), with an estimated 320,000 adults living with HIV/AIDS by end of 2003 (Source: UNAIDS). However, there is a disturbing trend in that the disease in the general population is showing no signs of stabilization and two out of every three reported cases of HIV infection occur among females. Two reasons for the higher rate among females are migration of Ghanaian female sex workers and socio-cultural value pertaining to premarital sex. Many young people adhere to the Ghanaian cultural value of abstinence from pre-marital sexual only in principle. The Queen Mothers could employ the influence and respect they command as community leaders to mobilize, educate and inform youth and women in community about HIV/AIDS and related health issues. Traditional female roles in providing a voice for community women, and care for their youth are vital to sustainable community development.

In recognition of this threat to their position in society and traditional rule, the Queen Mothers of the seven regions in Ghana came together and formed the Queen Mothers Associations. The Associations are regionally based and have enabled the Queen Mothers to demand the restoration of their traditional roles, and.to be part of the decision-making process. Some chiefs are also supporting the female leaders in their bid to have representation in at the national level (National House of Chiefs). In spite of the numerous obstacles to the institution of the Queen Mothers, they are still a formidable force to reckon with in Ghanaian Society.

Achievements

  • Broke the culture of silence surrounding the HIV and AIDS pandemic in the area
  • Contributed to the reduction of the HIV and AIDS prevalence rate from 18% to 6%
  • Promoted gender equality
  • Re-ignited the need for education for all
  • Assisted in formulating a National Policy on Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Ghana and beyond
  • Initiated income-generating activities for young girls in tie and die batik, bead-making and soap making
  • Obtained support for selected orphans and vulnerable children in terms of feeding, clothing, schooling and HIV and AIDS awareness
  • Queen Mothers have been admitted into the Manya Krobo Traditional Council and the Regional House of Chiefs to partake in decision making
  • Sensitised the rural population to reduce practice of risky behaviours
  • Succeeded in banning aspects of traditional and cultural practices that degrade and endanger females

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