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Grantees Funded under BUSAC Fund Phase I
Name of Applicant : Women and Enterprise Network
Title of Action : Publication of a newsletter to advocate for safe working conditions for women in the informal sector
Sector : Business
Geographical Area : Brong-Ahafo
Action ID : # 1-41 WEN
Action Score : 68%
Total cost of Action : ¢29,095,000
BUSAC's % of Total cost : 76%
Self Financed : 24%
Action Duration : 5 months
Support from Outreach Facility : ¢2,909,500
Summary of the proposed Action : a) The problem, the need you want to address, or the constraint to alleviate Sexual abuse, violence against women and frequent job loss are some of the most common yet the least discussed occupational health hazards Ghanaian women especially those operating in the informal sector. Such abuses cause depression, fatigue, headaches, sleeplessness, hostility, inability to concentrate and deterioration of personal relationships. Studies have shown that 50% of women will experience sexual harassment at some time during their working lives.
This action will seek to stimulate discussions leading to the formulation of workplace policy for women working in the informal sector. The action will target employers and the beneficiaries will be women employees working in the informal sector, specifically the Action will target the Ghana Tailors and Dressmakers Association and the Ghana Beauticians and Barbers association.

b) The result of the proposed solution to the above need or constraint: your achievement
Women working in the private and informal sector will have the confidence to go about their normal work without any fear, this will help build their self-confidence and self respect to contribute effectively in their places of work and build their capacity to take up additional responsibilities in the workplace without fear of favor
In addition to the above, respect for each other at the workplace will ensure the development of positive interpersonal relationship which is vital for the growth of any organization or business entity. The above measures will promote gender equality and empower women working in the informal sector, specifically the dressmakers Association and the Beauticians Association by eliminating gender disparities at the work place.

c) The implementation plan to achieve the solution: your Action

  • Design and publication of a newsletter to advocate for safe working conditions for women working in the informal sector.
  • Collating of data from employers and employees on the impact of safe working conditions of women in the informal sector to their businesses performance.
  • Compilation of responses and preparation of policy statement to parliament and stakeholders.
  • Preparation and presentation of final report to BUSAC.
  • d) The positive consequences (impact(s) of the advocacy Action on its beneficiaries
  • Formulation of workplace gender policy for the private and informal sector.
  • Restore self-confidence and self respect to women working in the informal sector.
  • Positive contribution of women in their places of work.
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