Ministry plans to address women’s problems

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (GCSP) would welcome suggestions towards the strengthening of existing framework and specific provisions, to address issues confronting women.

According to Deputy Minister of GCSP, Madam Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the campaign on women labour and care work, was aimed at tackling women’s unequal responsibility for care work, unpaid and decent work.

The deputy minister said these in a speech read on her behalf, at a one day national dialogue on unpaid care work, organised on the theme: ‘Women’s care work counts; recognise, redistribute and reduce care burden on women and girls,” in Accra on Tuesday,

It was organised by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with Action Aid Ghana.

The event sought to influence policy makers to appreciate the importance of providing critical support services to reduce care burden on women, while making adequate budgetary allocations for concerned institutions to operate.

Madam Twum-Ampofo charged the participants to examine and indentify roles of various institutions in order to arrive at a standardised framework to promote gender equality towards reducing unpaid care work burden among women.

She said this would influence policy makers to understand the relevance of providing services and budgetary allocation to support care work reduction initiatives towards recognising the need for the reduction in women’s labour and care work.

The Chief Director of the Ministry Mrs  Afisah Zakariah, said unpaid care work was one of the essential gender issues that was overlooked.

She indicated that “Women’s unpaid care work in most economies and societies are not accounted for and not even on the national, economic, political and social systems”.

Unpaid care work, includes a spectrum of domestic tasks such as fetching water, collecting firewood, doing laundry, preparing food, caring for children, the elderly and other person’s at home and in the community.

The forum follows a baseline research by Action Aid Ghana, which revealed that women spend more than eight hours a day on child care, four hours on collection of water and firewood for family purposes and is also engaged on subsistence agricultural and community work.

These types of work the research indicated was not recognised and often undervalued and overlooked by policy makers and legislators, even though it contributed to the socio-economic development of countries and communities.

By David Takyi

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