The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), the Canadian Embassy and other stakeholders have held a day’s workshop to develop a communication strategy for effective passage and implementation of the Affirmative Action Bill (AAB).
This is to ensure that women representation and participation in leadership and decision making is increased in both the public and private sectors. It is to solicit stakeholder’s inputs into the draft bill.
Acting Country Rep. of the UNDP, Rokya Ye Dieng, said the country is not only signatory to key international and regional instruments and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but have also put in place institutional structures, developed and adopted national laws, policies and frameworks to promote gender equality.
She bemoaned the fact that despite efforts to increase women representation and participation at all levels of decision making processes across the country, women’s involvement still continues to be low, which according to her is disturbing.
“For example, there are only 38 women currently among the 275 MPs in Ghana, representing 13.8%, ranking Ghana the 141st in the world,” she noted.
She added that, though the situation has slightly improved when compared to the previous parliament which was only 10.7%, the number of women elected to District Assemblies continue to decline over the years from 10% in 2006, to 6% in 2010 and 5.4% in 2015.
“Stakeholders should therefore continue to contribute towards the advancement of this cause to facilitate change for a better and prosperous Ghana for all,” She urged.
A Director at the Gender Ministry, Rev. Dr. Comfort Asare, who represented the sector Minister, urged the stakeholders to take bold steps to close the gender imbalance gap and disparities affecting women. She said crusades and awareness creation must be the hallmark to tackle the issue.
The workshop brought together about 50 participants from the government, CSOs as well as development partners to help develop an advocacy and communication strategy to facilitate the adoption of the AAB to promote women’s participation in decision making at all levels.
Source: Eric Nii Sackey