Celebrating Ms. Esther Dede Lawer, a Ghanaian youth icon at International Model United Nations
Women empowerment is a positive step to enhance their meaningful contribution to national development. This is because educated women would naturally invest more resources in their families and children to attain higher heights in future.
Therefore, women must be encouraged to have access to formal education which is the sure foundation upon which women would be empowered economically and politically.
There is no doubt that when women are given opportunities to study, work and lead, a brighter future could be unlocked.
This is the more reason Change Agent Media celebrates women who are highly educated and excelling in leadership roles to encourage, inspire and motivate others and that would extremely do well in contributing to national development.
Miss Esther Dede Lawer is of 25 years of age and the first born of four (4) children.
Ms Lawer started her education at Immaculate Conception, continued to Hamburg International School and graduated from Junior High School at the Living God preparatory located at new Achimota in Accra.
She had her Secondary School education at Krobo Girls’ Presbyterian Senior High School where she studied General Arts.
While in SHS, she competed for the Ghana Youth Ambassador Contest and emerged the winner (Miss SHS 2010/2011).
Having a strong spirit of “l can do and change the perception about women”, she played influential roles such as the first ever first year student representing the school in Debate Competitions in and outside the Eastern Region where they emerged winners on several occasions.
She Was the Vice President of the Drama and Debate Club, member of the AFS, Executive of the GUNSA (Ghana United Nations Students Association) and the Assistant Organizer for the ENTERCOM.
While in high school, she was nominated for the most influential female student category for High school Honors Awards.
Having graduated from the Krobo Girls’ Senior High School in 2012, she had the opportunity in volunteering and studying through Canada World Youth (CWY) to embark on communal projects in Canada and study hands-on practices on Communications, Cross Cultural Studies and Community Development.
Climbing up her educational ladder, she further went to the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) to pursue her first degree in Bachelors in Business Administration, Management.
While she was in school, she was made the brand ambassador for the University in her first year. During her time in GTUC, the school organized its first Beauty Pageant in which she emerged the winner and thus, she was given the appellation, “Beauty with brains”.
Being “MISS GTUC 2015/2016”, she took up a lot of responsibilities to initiate change in her society as well as making significant impact.
As part of her projects, she organized one of the biggest Student Seminar on campus called “BEING LEFT OUT”. This project exploited how some students got violated in relationships while in school which affected their academic performances, the effects of drug abuse on students and in their ways of life, what political hunger makes some student leaders do and end up in prison which shatters their future dreams, among other projects.
While she was in school, she interned with Kwame Akuffu & Co., one of the best Law Firms in the country. She developed so much passion for Law as she thought of how many lives and people she could help by advocating and fighting for them in court.
With extreme ardour to bring change in the society, Ms. Lawer founded an NGO, called Aid-Out Ghana in 2011, while in High school.
She graduated successfully from GTUC in 2017 and won an accolade for the best treasurer.
After graduating from GTUC, she became overly renowned running her NGO, but before then, Ms. Lawer at the early stage in setting up the NGO, she changed her dream without allowing anything to be a stumbling block.
Therefore, since she has been a goal-getter from her early stage while in Canada, she took advantage of every opportunity such as making friends with some members of the St. Johns’ Rotary Club in Newfoundland Labrador in Canada, where they accrued funds by baking cakes and other chops from the Bridges to Hope food bank in order to help the poverty-stricken in the society.
She was so much committed to the organization and as such, she decided to dedicate her vacations to raise funds to influence the lives of the less privileged in communities.
Ms. Lawer and her team members from Ghana also came up with several meeting ideas to organize a fundraising event using the culture of Ghana to communicate to the people of Canada, and giving them food, entertainment and a reason to support their worthy cause.
They organized a fundraising dinner called “EXTRAVAGANZA” where they all dressed in their luxurious Kente and African prints, rehearsed and gave out their best that night.
She also represented as the Master of Ceremony (MC) and played other roles but did not allow anything from stopping them to achieve her goal.
The dinner was a success and CWY 2012/2013 group came back to Ghana with the accumulated funds.
She displayed devotion to her community where she volunteered six months in Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana, where she worked at the Saltpond Municipal hospital with the Pharmacy Department and also worked at the surgery Department when she had free hours.
The money raised was spent on building a bakery in salt pond which in return solved their problem of having to peregrinate miles to Mankessim when they needed bread and this subsequently created jobs and increased the rate of employment.
She was passionate about impacting children in her community positively, hence, she started teaching children at saltpond on the use Laptops and computers where her committed team members sacrificed their laptops, since the community IT Centre had limited computers.
They chose three days in the week to teach the kids the basics of using a computer.
Aside from everything, she had a mobile cocktail bar called the cocktail Bistro, which she later partnered with a friend who owned Loco Bar Gh for a while.
She made working fun when she combined that with her social life during vacations.
As the demotic poem goes, “All work and no play, makes jack a dull boy”, she equipoised her tussle and bustle working life with her social life where she did not miss on any opportunity to take a road trip to any region or even outside Ghana. She loves to network, meet new people and party. Yet, her spiritual life is irreproachable.
In school, she joined the United Nations Students Association (UNSA) Association and was promoted to an Executive member as the Organizer after many years of service to the Association.
In 2016/2017, she picked up forms to run for the Student Representative Council (SRC) treasure position. Student politics is uneasy but she excelled in it as well.
She competed against an Accounting student as a Management student and eventually emerged the winner.
She believed that, for everyone to manage and succeed , he/she does not need to have skills in a certain field, all what is needed is just to stay focused and whatever is wanted can be achieved.
She attended Ghana International Model United Nations (GIMUN) 2018, became part of the United Nation Women’s Committee, and won the Honorable Mention award.
Later last year, she was selected as a delegate for Babcock International Model United Nations (BIMUN) 2018 which she was part of ICJ committee where she was crowned the Best Delegate.
It is in her future plans to work with the United Nations some years to come.
She is currently doing her Masters in Project Management in one of the best Universities in the United Kingdom (UK) and looking forward to come back and do more for her country Ghana.
Congratulations! keep inspiring the youth with hard work and determination.
Editor: Kwabena Asare Baffour