Chairman Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
On Monday, the Centre for Posterity (CPO), an organisation that brings together women from rural communities, called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint more women to leadership positions for his second term.
According to NGOs, the empowerment of women and their participation in governance remains a major national challenge that threatens the nascent democracy in Ghana.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Tehiman, Bono East Region, Mustapha Mason Yeboah, Director General of COPIO, congratulated President Akufo-Addo on his re-election.
Ghanaians were also praised for embracing and sharing the achievements of multi-party democracy in the country.
Women make up about 51.2% of the country’s population, and without their active participation in public debate and decision-making it would be extremely difficult for the country to make progress.
He also noted that without the full participation of women in the national discourse, the government of President Akufo-Addo may not be able to realize the vision of the country.
Unfortunately, women’s participation in government and at all levels of decision-making in the country is very low, so appointing more women will motivate young women to prepare for leadership positions, he said.
The absence of more women in politics and government can be attributed to male domination, which is an important aspect of the social system in Ghana, so we urge you, as listening president, to appoint more women to your government.
The representation of women in government is not encouraging, as it has still not reached the minimum threshold of 30% recommended by the United Nations, which was considered satisfactory by activists at the Beijing Conference in 1995.
We will therefore congratulate President Akufo-Addo on the appointment of two women to head Nkoranza North and Nkoranza South in his first presidency, he said, and urged him to keep them and appoint more women.
Mr Yeboah regretted, however, that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had no candidates in the 2020 parliamentary elections in the Bono East region.
He called on the government to empower women and motivate them to strive for higher levels in politics.
It is widely recognised that the role and status of women in almost all aspects of social, political and economic life is inferior to that of men, he said.
He went on to say: Habits, laws and even religion have been used to rationalize and maintain these different roles, to the extent that women themselves seem to have accepted and internalized them.
It should be noted that the country’s legal framework provides for equal opportunities for men and women to register to vote or to exercise their right to vote and to stand as candidates for the presidency, parliament or assembly in local and national government structures, but unfortunately this equality is not present in the field of political appointments.
The unequal conditions created by political parties always put women at a disadvantage, because they do not have the means or financial power to conduct political campaigns and sell their ideologies to the voting masses.
The UN’s fifth objective for sustainable development recognises this fact and therefore aims to ensure the full and effective participation of women and equal opportunities in leadership at all levels of decision-making in politics, the economy and public life.
…said Mr. Yeboah: Since President Akufo-Addo is co-chairman of SDG, we humbly remind him of his promise, because poverty is greater and deeper, especially among rural women.
In particular, he explained why COPIO is implementing a three-year project aimed at enabling women to participate actively in politics and to increase their participation in governance, both at local and national level.
The project’s called: Creating access to social and economic opportunities for women through their empowerment in various leadership and socio-economic activities in the eastern region of Ghana Bono.
It was funded by Global Affairs Canada and Plan International Ghana.
It will be carried out in parallel with the six-month draft COWID-19 response.
The aim was to provide accurate information to prevent the spread of COPID-19 to vulnerable women.
Mr Yeboah called for a legal framework that would provide equal opportunities for men and women in national policies to alleviate the suffering, abuse and harassment of women and girls.
COPIO, who works with women in rural communities who believe in the empowerment of women and put it into practice, will ensure that your government has the necessary support to realise your vision of the nation and deepen democracy in Ghana, he added.
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