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Uni-Jay CEO Mrs Janet Abobigu Named 2023 Woman Icon in Ashanti Region

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Uni-Jay Co. Ltd Chief Executive, Mrs Janet Abobigu, has been named the 2023 Woman Icon in the Ashanti Region by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA). The prestigious award acknowledges her outstanding contributions to fashion, social care, and mentorship in the region. Uni-Jay is a garment manufacturing company that specializes in uniforms, bespoke women’s apparel, and specialized clothing. The company has trained thousands of people in the fashion industry, with a particular focus on women, driven by a commitment to quality and excellent craftsmanship.

GEPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mrs Afua Asabea Asare, described Mrs. Abobigu’s commitment to empowering women and girls as unwavering, championing initiatives that enable women to participate fully in the socio-economic life of the Ashanti Region. She added that Mrs. Abobigu serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the region, and her legacy would continue to inspire generations to come. Dr. Asare made this comment while opening a three-day Women Icons Regional Exhibition in Kumasi, which aims to provide a platform for networking, encouragement, and support for women entrepreneurs.

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During the exhibition, Dr. Asare commended women-led businesses for contributing to production in various sectors of the local economy, including fashion, cosmetics, groceries, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, grooming, technology, and service-related goods. She said that their efforts were filling a yawning gap within the local economy and emphasized that Ghana could build a more equitable and prosperous future for everyone by working together in the entrepreneurial space.

The exhibition aims to expose women to value addition in non-traditional products for both local and international markets, explore foreign markets for the products through social media, and generate websites for the producers to leverage international markets and break boundaries. Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, who spoke at the event, said GEPA’s mandate, which is to develop and promote non-traditional exports, was consistent with the Government’s policy on an aggressive export drive with reference to women empowerment. He commended GEPA for putting a spotlight on women entrepreneurs for growth.

In her address, Mrs. Abobigu urged businesses to stay focused, work passionately, and contribute to economic sustainability. She called on women entrepreneurs to continue to explore innovative ideas that could create value and contribute to national development. For the most part, the Women Icons Regional Exhibition in Kumasi provided a platform for women entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and establish vital connections with other players in their respective industries, thereby promoting economic growth and development.

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