“We must bring gender to the forefront of Election 2016”, she said.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Nana Oye Lithur, urged gender advocates to intensify their campaign for increased participation of women in the electoral process, adding that there was the need to uphold the “Ghana Women 2030 reinvigorated Beijing Declaration agenda”.
She said: “Election 2016 offers advocacy platforms for the support of women’s political participation through capacity building, training and dedicated gender equality structures”.
Nana Oye Lithur said in the spirit of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Ghanaian Women reinvigorated targets for the next 15 years, to ensure that women occupied their rightful positions in power and decision-making of the country.
The Gender Minister urged national women organisers of political parties to serve as “Gender Apostles of Ghana Agenda 2030”.
The Ghana Agenda 2030 which is linked to the United Nations Women Agenda 2030, calls for measures to ensure that 50 per cent of vice chancellors and university professors are women.
It also urges women to take about 60 per cent of positions of state corporation chief executive officers; Ghana Club 100 chief executive officers and bank chief executive officers.
The agenda states that women must occupy 60 per cent of all ministerial portfolios, especially Finance, Energy, Education and Health.
The Ghana Women 2030 target also aims at 60 per cent of parliamentary seats, 60 per cent of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executive posts; and 60 per cent of assembly and unit committee members for women.
Nana Oye Lithur appealed to political parties through their women’s wing to support Agenda 2030.
She said the initiative was not a fight against men, or a struggle to dislodge men from any position, stressing that “the importance of women’s equal participation in decision-making as a means of achieving transparent and accountable government and administration for sustainable development”.
Nana Oye Lithur said Agenda 2030 acknowledged that despite the steady increase in women’s political representation and participation in parliament, they remained significantly under-represented at the highest levels of political participation and the public and private sectors.
The Gender Minister said discrimination, gender bias, the threat of violence, harassment, and intimidation in political institutions, had contributed to the low level of women’s political participation.
Nana Oye Lithur asked democratic institutions to ensure women’s equal access to, and full participation in, power structures and decision-making and increase women’s capacity to participate in decision-making and leadership.