Parties need more females

THE Convener of the Women Manifesto Coalition, Mrs. Hamida Har-rison, has identified low representation of women in leadership positions of political parties as a challenge to Ghana’s democratic governance system.

Studies according to her, had shown that countries that did not recognise women’s role in democratic governance would not increase its Gross Domestic Product.

She said this at a round table discussion on promoting gender equality in political party structures and agenda in Accra last Friday.

Mrs. Harrison(standing) adressing participants at the workshop.Photo Anita NyarkoThe programme was to create a platform for women and men executives of political parties to share and exchange experiences, success stories and strategies to promote gender equality and social inclusion.

It also seeks to develop an action plan for the acceleration of women’s rights and gender equality in their respective political parties.

The programme, attended by executive members of political parties in the country, was organised by ABANTU for Development with support IBIS, an international non governmental organisation.

Mrs Harrison stressed the need for political parties to deliberate on measures for promoting gender equality and women’s rights in party agenda and organisational structures.

She said some progress had taken place in the political parties as far as women’s representation was concerned.

“This progress has been minimal particularly in an era where inclusive democracy remains the country’s aspiration,” she said and added that women representation in parliament was only 10 per cent which did not augur well for development.

She encouraged political parties to have gender policy documents to ensure that women were included in positions at all levels.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party, Kwame Jantuah, a participant, called for the modification of cultural practices that affect women’s development and welfare.

He said women should be motivated to pick up political positions to contribute their quota to the development of the county’s decision making process.

Ms. Bushira Sumaila, the National Democratic Congress Women’s Organiser, advocated that women should be at all levels, adding that women could perform when given the opportunity.

By Anita Nyarko 

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