Ministry seeks women empowerment

Nana Oye Lithur

Nana Oye Lithur

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection on Monday disclosed a strategic road map, to ensure gender equality and equity for the empowerment of Ghanaian women.

The ministry, in furtherance of the plan, initiated advocacy and capacity building programme for about 2,982 people, on child marriage, sexual and gender-based violence and teenage pregnancy.

Nana Oye Lithur, the sector minister, who made these known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said since the beginning of the year, her outfit had worked on a number of legislative and policy interventions, to ensure gender equality and women empowerment.

“One of these is the Intestate Succession and Property Rights of Spouses Bills. They are currently with the Joint Parliamentary Select Committees on Constitution and Gender,” she noted.

Nana Oye Lithur said the Affirmative Action Bill was also ready to be submitted to Cabinet for consideration and “when passed, the Law will carefully identify and effectively redress areas of social, cultural, economic and educational imbalances and ensure gender equality in Ghana.

“For 2015, I am glad to report that we have implemented several programmes to promote gender equality in political, social and economic development. We have also worked to enhance public awareness of women’s issues and empowered women through the creation of enabling policy and legal frameworks.”

Nana Oye Lithur called for the respect for the rights of every human being, especially that of the vulnerable, adding that, “we therefore, have wor-ked to protect the rights of special groups such as the girl-child, women, aged and persons living with disabilities”.

She noted that growth and mainstream development interventions were not sufficient to reduce the number of people living in poverty and to protect the vulnerable from natural or economic shocks.

Nana Oye Lithur said Government has introduced social protection intervention programmes to target extremely poor people.

She explained that the new gender policy would provide broad guidelines, strategies and operations/actions in furtherance of government’s commitment to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

- GNA

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