Young women at the University of Ghana were at the weekend urged to be ‘balanced’ to ensure they accomplish every task they found themselves in to remain competitive.
Dr Sybil Paintsil, a Lecturer at the Accra College of Medicine said balance was about ensuring effective multi-tasking, being properly aligned and ensuring a multi-dimensional equilibrium in daily endeavours.
Dr Painstil, made the call at the Global Mentoring Walk organised by Women at Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with Mentoring Women Ghana as part of the International Women’s Day commemoration.
She said to be in balance, it was prudent for the young women to handle whatever they could at a time and making sure every task was done effectively.
She said multi-tasking had to do with using wisdom to know what’s needed to be done at any particular time and positioning oneself appropriately.
She said to ensure proper alignment, it was necessary to ensure that all energy and resources were not spent in solving past problems but also being able to rightly apportion percentages to events of the past, present and the future.
Dr Painstil said to properly align meant to get the right percentage of using resources available by spending 50 per cent preparing for the future, 30 per cent on present events and 20 per cent on past events.
She said as a young woman who needs to ensure a multi-dimensional equilibrium, there was the need to pay close attention to the demands of the body, soul as well as the spirit and be able to fulfil them equally.
She said when a person balance tasks well and accomplish them, it brings fulfilment to that person and urged young women to strive to become relevant in the world of work by ensuring balance in their daily tasks.
Madam Brigitte Dzogbenuku, the Executive Director of Mentoring Women Ghana and the Vice-Presidential Candidate for the Progressive People’s Party in the 2016 Election said it was time a lot of women aspired to venture into politics.
She said politics was not as dirty as some women described it noting that “From my experience, if you do not go insults, you will not get insults and if you go with truth, you will get the truth”.
She said women were naturally inclined to doing things for themselves as much as possible and to do things for the benefits of people around us and therefore having the chance to enter into political positions will afford such women the opportunity to do more for society.
As part of the global mentoring, women in Standard Charted Bank were paired with young women from the University of Ghana as mentors and mentees, serving as an opportunity for knowledge sharing through interactions.
The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year and it is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.
After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually.
This year’s campaign theme for the International Women’s Day is “Balance for Better”.