Female ministers must address gender issues

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful Communications MinisterThe Movement for Development –Ghana, has called on all female ministers-designate and female members of parliament to adopt a collaborative and integrated approach to solve all gender-related issues when given the approval by parliament and sworn in by the President.

Of particular significance to the movement, made up of New Patriotic Party (NPP) activists in Greater Accra Region, is the specter of female head porters, popularly called “Kayayees” scattered  all over Accra  and Kumasi.

Ms. Otiko Djaba, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister designate“So disturbing is the menace of the head porters that we urge all the female ministers’ designate and female members of parliaments to use their platforms to address it, a statement signed by the Amos Safo, the Director of programmes and communications stated.

It described as unfortunate that in the 21st century, when trucks, trains and planes were conveying goods across borders, valuable human resource was making a living by carrying goods on their heads with babies swaddled at their backs.

“The Kayayee” menace is a blot to our collective conscience our failure to keep theses unfortunate daughters and sisters in school or getting them to learn vocations that could lift them out of poverty”, the statement said.

It stated that the young girls involved were potential pool of human resource for the country’s development, if government puts mechanisms and policies in place to reduce the numbers engaged in the trade or abolish it in the long term.

It commended Government for keeping its promise to include more women into frontline politics  and public decision making , by appointing 11 female out of the 36 ministerial nominations and presidential staffers  though it was five per cent short of  the promised 30 per cent.

“While the movement encouraged the president and his advisors to give more women power and voice to women in subsequent appointments, we commend him for proving that he is a man of his word” and urged the opposition to give the president credit for the effort.

Aside substantive female nominees some of whom have been vetted, approved and sworn in by the president, the NPP has 26 out of the 38 female members of parliament elected into the current parliament.


By Times Reporter

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