5. Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Discussions on this goal took us to all six (6) regions; Ashanti, Central, Easter, Greater Accra, Volta and Western. Our discussions were very interesting as some of the institutions we dealt with were single sex schools while others were mixed schools. We employed our standard practice of soliciting answers from the students;

  1. Is there a cause to believe that we have issues with gender in Ghana?
  2. What they individually and collectively believed is the cause of gender biases?
  3. Are gender issues a security threat to the stability of a people?
  4. Should children, young people and women have a say in gender issues?
  5. What roles can children, young people and women play in achieving the above goal?
  6. Their solutions under the microscope.
  7. Did they know of the existence of the UN Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality?
  8. Can their solutions be translated into a short creative film for competition?

Our findings;

  1. There are many causes that lead to the fact that there are issues with gender in Ghana. Notably among the causes are;
    a) Patronizing attitudes
    b) Cultural practices
    c) Discrimination and segregation in the formal and informal sectors
    d) The role of women in many of such situations.
  2. Negative gender issues pose serious security threat to every aspect of a people.
  3. Children, young people and women have much to say and took the opportunity to call for affirmative action on gender issues. Personal life experience from many of the children and young people at the workshops drew tears not only from the one narrating the ordeal but those listening as well.
  4. The personal life experiences narrated showed the intelligence, fortitude, endurance, mental and physical strength as well as the humane nature of children and young people who find themselves victims to such injustice.
  5. There is the need for more education and advocacy of the children and young people which should ultimately lead to affirmative action.
  6. Many in this category know that the UN has been advocating for gender equality and related issues but many also did not know about the UN Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality.
  7. They are charged to put their issues subtly and strongly on film.

The Queen mother of Brekusu and her retinue of sub queens graced one of the workshops and electrified the atmosphere with her depth of knowledge, personal experience and audacious contributions.

Eleven (11) trainers of trainers, sixty-seven (67) teachers, thirteen (13) resource persons, thirty-nine (39) volunteers and over four thousand four hundred (4,400) students attended the workshops.

Final Goal for 2015

Having gathered momentum after very lively and insightful workshops, the whole team moved into top gear to deliver the last set of workshops and forums.

It is pertinent to admit that the brilliance and knowledge exhibited by the students in the workshops preceding this last one raised our expectation for this last one and we were not disappointed.

What We Do


ANANSEFEST is the bringing together of children and young people between the ages of 10-19 years to use film as a tool for development.
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Ananseman Play House took the trainers through workshops and forums to understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals and translating the understanding into films.
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Sports For Development

It has been established that sports is an activity that transforms the individual and society.
In leisure and competition, sports is a tool for development.
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Ghana's Tomorrow

The future of Ghana depends on the children and young people of today. It is a national educative programme designed at getting the children and youth in the various regions to identify, educate and solve issues that are pertinent to their locality.
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Symposia & Lectures

To bring out outcomes in the target group we deal with, we begin our first meetings with them through Interactive Lectures or Symposiums. For example, we had both symposiums and lectures on the UN Sustainable Development Goals before continuing with workshops.
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Drama On Television

In 2015, Ananseman Play House has laid the foundation with GTV to air TV drama series for thirty-nine (39) weeks on five (5) thematic areas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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What People Say

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Anansefest will enearth the hidden talent in the children and help them discover future profession in the creative arts.

Ms CharlotteAddo, Nifa Senior High
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It is a welcome development that the potentials of the individual students are now being nurtured through Anansefest and we intend to partake in subsequent competitions by Ananseman Play House.

Ms Cecila Appiah, Krobo Girls
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National development depends on the youth and Anansefest is helping to showcase the talents of the students and youth while who will be future leaders.

Mrs. Felicia Koree, Chemu Senior High
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Our drama group was invited to participate in the Anansefest competition and we found it really informative and exciting.

Accra Girls High School.
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Anansefest has shifted the focus of the youth from vices and cultism to seeing that they also could be shining stars.

Nifa Senior High

Ananseman News


This workshop organized for the various instructors of the participating schools and members of Team ANANSEFEST was aimed at exchanging ideas on how to train young people in filmmaking. There was a presentation by Füsun Eriksen-Director of Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival.

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The much awaited launch which was held at the Exhibition Hall of the National Theatre was attended by over 300 persons, the event was chaired by Mr. Nat Nunoo Amarteyfio and honoured by Dr. Bernice Heloo (Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Information).

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24 June 2011

Ananseman Playhouse, the producers of Ghana's first ever National Students’ Film Festival have had their maiden awards night at the British Council Hall on the 24th of June, 2011. The awards night was held after the thirteen weeks of screening on GTV.

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