3 women groups welcome NPP affirmative action

Three women groups in the country have welcomed the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to adopt an affirmative action, to protect parliamentary seats of NPP women.

The groups are: the Network for Women’s Right in Ghana (NETRIGHT), the Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana (DV Coalition) and Women’s Manifesto Coalition in Ghana (WMC).

A joint statement signed by leaders of the group, Akua O. Britwum, NETRIGHT, Hamida Harrison, WMC and Adolf Awuku-Bekoe, DVC, said the NPP directive was in consonance with the Beijing declaration which is aimed at ensuring equal representation of women in decision-making.

The said groups mentioned that though women constituted about 51 per cent of the country’s population, their representation in decision-making was low.

The statement expressed their disappointment at protests by some members of the party following the announcment of the new policy.

It said “… affirmative action is designed to correct years of discrimination that makes it difficult for women to stand for political office and win in the same numbers as men.”

The statement reminded the NPP and the other political parties in Ghana of the Akosombo agreement, “where they promised to have 30 per cent of their candidates as women”.

It said “as Ghana works towards passing the affirmative action bill into law, we hesitate to think that the action of a section of NPP members might undermine the will of an NPP government, if elected in 2016, to respect the demands of a future affirmative action Act”.

By Times Reporter 

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