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|Title: ||National Headquarters for Ghana Federation of Business and Professional Women – Accra|
|Authors: ||Sarfoh, Ethel Adwoa|
|Issue Date: ||19-Feb-1998|
|Series/Report no.: ||2482;|
|Abstract: ||Womanhood And Nation Building
Until the UN Decade for women, the attention of NGO’s and other donor agencies has been drawn in a special way to gender issues in development. After 1985, NGO’s have become more involved in strengthening women’s financial status to promote greater economic security, which in turn will assist to guarantee food and other forms of family survival.
Their strategies hinge on programmes in income-generating activities functional literacy numerically skills and family planning Increasingly, donor resources are being channelled into economic production activities to increase and stabilise the purchasing the purchasing power of women
Provision of international support has to some extent helped in the improvement in the situation of some women in the areas of health, water and sanitation, rural poverty and employment. One of the major problems with respect to international assistance however is that most NGO’s are undertaking similar projects in accordance with the goals and objectives of sponsoring agencies, resulting in duplication of activities in some areas to the neglect of other critical concerns””. Thus, it has beco.ne essential to provide a center or focal point to ensure and encourage the collection, mobilisation and networking of information of various women’s organisations co-operation and coronation among such enterprises and organisations, to promote the advancement of women in the Ghanaian society. As continuing efforts are being made to mainstream gender issues in development at all levels.
Scope of project
The Ghana Federation of Business and Professional Women, an affiliate body of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women seeks to promote the advancement of women in dynamic social and economic environment.
To achieve this, the federation has set up a number of clubs and unions throughout the country to bring together women in self-help initiative programmes and activities within the contemporary socioeconomic framework of the country.
It has become expedient for them to set up an administrative center from where they can coordinate all their activities nationwide and also interact with other local and national women’s organisations as well as international agencies.
The target group embraces a wide range of women groups. Activities and programmes undertaken by the federation for these women are not distinctly different from other women organisations such as
N C WV, F. I.D.A., F AWE., C.E.D.E.P., W.1.D., 31st D.W.M etc. This has resulted in the duplication of projects across the country by these women’s groups.
It is thus important to design and develop a headquarters building house these women organisations or wings of these organisations for the following reasons.
i To seal the vacum crated because such an edifice does not exist
ii. to encourage close collaboration among the various women organisations and enterprises.
iii. to eliminate the duplication of activities or projects undertaken by these organisation
iv. to streamline projects undertaken for these women to ensure continuity in the development process of the women.
This is to further help in achieving the underlying aim of “the promotion of advancement of women” This purpose - built building will have all the necessary infrastructure and services and ancillary
facilities to perform the function of a headquarters. It is a mixed use building which will integrate the different functions and activities so they work harmoniously as a unit, whilst maintaining their separate identities.
This infers giving special attention to details such as functional relationships, services, security, structure, aesthetics etc.
Various methods were employed to enable an adequate research to be done as a pre-requisite setting to facilitate an effective design process. These included;
• traffic surveys
|Description: ||A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of Science in Architecture, 1998|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Architecture and Planning|
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