Latest post from Kuapa Kokoo, from Sophi:
I saw Christiana Ohene Agyare elected and declared as Kuapa Kokoo’s first women President. What an achievement. She had been the Treasurer for the last 4 years and fought a competitive election. A woman heading a farmers’ cooperative in Africa with 45,000 members in 1,300 village societies buying 30,000 tonnes of cocoa and turning over just under $50 million.
This is the result of Kuapa’s commitment to gender equality. From the beginning back in 1993 Kuapa’s constitution required that women were represented at every level in the organisation, 3 of the executives at a village level had to be women. And a woman as well as a man had to represent each village at the AGM. This meant that women had their confidence built and over time stood to be Recorders and Presidents for their Societies. They felt as if Kuapa was an organisation that represented them. I am delighted that this has now delivered their first women President and I wish her lots of luck as it’s a big job, with lots of potential and lots of responsibility.