Women Urged To Participate In Decision Making

Stakeholders at the inauguration of Gender Dialogue and launch of 40th Anniversary of Ghana’s National Women Machinery have called for greater participation of women in decision making at all levels of national activities in the country.

This according to the discussants, this will unearth the hidden skills of women in leadership, and will also ensure more women taking the center stage of the country’s policies and programs.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur commended her predecessors of contributing to the development of women in the country.

Whiles stressing the need for women leadership at various departments and organization, she said there was the need to close the literacy gap in the tertiary level.

Giving the historical background of women machinery in the country, the Gender Minister said it was started as a department of women until 2001 when it became full Ministry with cabinet status and in 2012 it expanded it focus and policies including social protection.

On her part as a chairperson of the occasion, Nana Agyakoma Diffie ll, Manponghemaa also called on parents to assign equal household duties to children.

The Manponghemaa who could not hide her joy with the current female dominants in key positions in country’s body politics urged women to strive for more space in leadership roles.

She said there was the need to ensure gender rights are respected, and women must be given the necessary support to their course.

The Council on Women and Development (NCWD), the first national women’s machinery in Ghana, to ensure the full integration of women in national development is 40 years.

The NCWD was established by NRCD 322, 1775 by the then Head of State, General Ignatius Kutu Acheapong as a follow up to a UN Resolution calling on member states to establish an appropriate government machinery to accelerate the integration of women in development and the elimination of discrimination against women.

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