Ghana’s first certified Emotional Intelligence coach, James Addison, has called on Ghanaians to support the development of the boychild. He opined that Society had created the perception that boys do not need support because they are men. They are not supposed to cry, lament or lack anything. These stipulations upon the boy child have bred emotionally unstable men.
James Addison made these remarks at the launch of the He Empowering Lot More Shes (HELMS) Initiative in Accra on Friday 6th August 2021. The He Empowering Lot More Shes (HELMS) project is an initiative of RoyalAid Foundation, a Socio-Health-based NGO with a focus on health, Education, Entrepreneurial Skills Development, Boychild Empowerment, and Poverty Eradication.
The HELMS Initiative seeks to empower the men and guide them to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible, and united force for gender equality. This project will bring boys together to support each other with their challenges, learn how to navigate their challenges in healthy ways, and empower women. James Addison is one of the distinguished mentors on the HELMS Initiative.
According to Dr. S. K Frimpong, the founder of RoyalAid Foundation, to successfully empower women and girls in the country, there is the need to empower the boychild and groom them to understand the needs of women and girls. Therefore, the RoyalAid foundation believes that when the boy child is trained with a proper understanding of the needs of the girl-child, he will grow up to support the course of women empowerment.
Shehu Dalhu Abdul-Mumin Salifu (The Spiritual Leader of Ahlulbayt Mission in Northern Ghana and Zongo Chief of Tamale) encouraged the youth to uphold their integrity and appealed to NGOs in Ghana to promote He for She empowerment just as RoyalAid foundation is spearheading.
Honourable Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Deputy Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, the Guest Speaker for the occasion, applauded Dr. S.K Frimpong for leading such a worthy campaign. She, therefore, called on all and sundry to join forces to galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality.
Distinguished Men and women attended the colourful and impactful ceremony, including; Hon Elizabeth Ohene (Former Minister of State and the first female editor of Daily Graphic), Hon. Amidu Chinnia Issahaku (Deputy water and sanitation minister ), Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah (Accra Mayor), Metro Director of Education, (Mr. Stephen Abamfo), Dr. Eli Atikpui (Fmr Registrar, Medical and Dental Council), Akosua Manu (Deputy CEO, NYA), Apostle Samuel A. Frimpong (General Secretary of the Christ Apostolic Church), Nana Asare-Afriyie (Manwrehene of Asante Akyem, Domeabra), Dr. Kwame Adu Agyekum (University of Ghana Dept of Marine and Fisheries Sciences), Tawiah Ben-Ahmed, FCIIG (MD, Metropolitan Insurance and President of CIIG), Araba Koomson (News Editor, Multimedia Group) and many others.