Gender Bill Set For Cabinet

Nana Oye Lithur
The Affirmative Action Bill, which will effectively address social, cultural, economic and educational imbalances to ensure gender equality in Ghana, is ready to be submitted to Cabinet for consideration.

Speaking at the mid-term review of projects by Gender Ministry, Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister said the purpose of the Affirmative Action Bill is to promote active participation of women in public life by providing equitable system of representation in politics and governance in accordance with Ghana’s international and constitutional obligations.

‘An integral part of the Bill is a plan to have more women occupy strategic decision-making positions,’ she stated.

The Intestate Succession and Property Rights of Spouses Bills, which were co-sponsored with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General, have also obtained Cabinet approval and are currently with the Joint Select Committees on Constitution and Gender, Mrs. Lithur said.

‘The objective of this bill is to make the intestate succession regime more responsive to the needs of the immediate family of persons who die intestate. When it gets passed, the Bill will eventually cover up the lack of recognition of contributions made by non-working spouses.

The Bill will also provide a uniform intestate succession that will be applied throughout the country, irrespective of the inheritance system.

She said that the ministry has developed Domestic Violence (DV) Regulations to effectively implement the DV law to particularly improve the protection, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of domestic violence.

This instrument, she said, has been finalized with legal support from the Attorney General’s Department, adding that a consultative meeting has been scheduled with the Parliamentary Subsidiary Legislation Committee for consideration before laying it before Parliament for approval.

According to the Gender Minister, ending human rights violations, female genital mutilation, shelter homes and Livelihood Against Poverty (LEAP) will empower women.

She said, ‘The dividends of growth must benefit all Ghanaians, irrespective of gender, location, socio-economic and physical status.’

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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