Representation of women in politics low

MRS MARIETTA BREW APPIAH-OPPONG, MINISTER OF JUSTICE &ATTORNEY GENERAL (6)A-GThe Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Ghana, has described as appalling, the representation of women in key democratic institutions, in the country.

Though the CDD lauds progress in upholding the rights of women and promoting equality, it believes there is more work to do in order to ensure equal representation of both men and women in politics.

The CDD says though women make up 51 per cent of Ghana’s population, according to the 2010 population census, the same could not be said about women’s representation in local and national decision-making processes.

Speaking to Citi News in Accra, the Research Officer of CDD Ghana, Mavis Zupork, urged the government to prioritise women empowerment, to ensure their recognition.

“We are not saying that the government is not doing well, and we are not saying that as a nation, we are not doing well. We are saying that there is more to be done. Let’s look at not just creating the opportunity, but … look at empowering women who want to take up these positions, who want to be out there to also contribute to the democratic development of this country,” she emphasised.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has called for a broader based multi-sectoral intervention, to ensure the advancement of the women’s empowerment agenda.

Her call comes 19 years after the adaption of the Beijing Declaration, which aimed at giving more prominence to the recognition of women’s rights.

The Attorney General stated that Ghana is yet to attain the 30 percent target of women’s representation in decision–making, set by the Platform For Action.

Her comments come on the back of the launch of activities to mark International Women’s day, which would be observed on the theme: ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity,” throughout this month.

The programme would focus on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995.

The Conference was a historic roadmap, which saw Ghana and 189 other countries around the world, adopt the Beijing Declaration to set the agenda for realizing women’s rights.

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