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The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in collaboration with the Star-Ghana Foundation has held a National Dialogue on the status of the Ghanaian woman. Stakeholders were selected from various state institutions for the event in Accra which is aimed at celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day.
The celebration makes it possible to engage with other International bodies on how to address gender inequalities affecting women in Ghana and Africa.
Speaking on the theme: “Balance for Better; Examining Progress and Prospects for gender equality in Ghana,” the special Guest of Honor, Prof Akua Kuenyehia called for the early passage of the Affirmative Action Bill which is currently before Parliament. She said this will end discrimination among women in all sectors.
She indicated Ghana needs to address the gender inequalities affecting women in the workplace, communities, and the homes which have also caused some imbalances in wages, salaries and employment.
Prof. Kuenkyia admitted that though women are faced with a variety of challenges, the government and gender advocacy organizations must prioritize gender of issues at all levels in the society and communities.
Research indicates that only few women in society takes up leadership role due to discrimination. About 11.7 percent of women receive wages compared to 29.5 percent of men in employment, 27.9 percent of Ghanaian women give their contributions to family work as compared to 16.4 percent of men and 51.6 percent spend more time on unpaid care at homes as compared to 33.3 percent men.
Again, it shows that women lack the capacity to engage in viable economic activities which allows them to remain in vicious circle of poverty and also prevents women from having access to proper healthcare, education, food and shelter.
The research further proves that 77.1 percent of the Ghanaian population is economically active but with gender disparities is such that only 29 women occupy positions at the district level and 38 women are Parliamentary level out of 275 seats
Prof. Kuenkyia stressed that the nation needs more education for women in various forms to be abreast with the laws of Ghana and also adopt a strategy which can bring radical change to unite and empower women’s group to achieve their objectives and goals.
The Chief Director of the Gender Ministry, Dr. Afiza Zakaria, called on women to wake up and develop their mental capabilities both physically, mentally and psychologically to adequately tackle challenges facing women in society.
She advised women to encourage young girls to prioritize education to be able to explore that potential and become responsible and beneficial to the family and the nation.
“We need to address the issues of teenage pregnancy, child marriage and other relevant challenges facing women in society and improve on them accordingly,” she stated.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey