The National Council of the NPP last Wednesday deferred the controversial policy, which sought to secure parliamentary seats for the party’s female Members of Parliament (MPs).
The announcement of the policy stirred mixed reactions from some NPP members.
In an interview with Citi News, the Executive Director of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA-Ghana, Jane Quaye, urged the NPP to abide by its pledge to seek the progress of women and reintroduce the policy.
She expressed her disappointment in the party’s deferment of the policy and said it was high time politicians “walked the talk”, and asked “where is the equality when it comes to the issue of men and women?”
Madam Quaye said the NPP should have stood firm by the decision rather than caving in after protests from party members.
The Board Chairperson of Women in Law and Development, (WILDAF) Angela Dwamena Aboagye, discounted claims that women supported affirmative action because they were incompetent.
She expressed worry at the decision to suspend the policy, but was optimistic that something critical would be done about maintaining women in elective positions, if the NPP or any other party came to power.
Madam Aboagye said it was wrong to talk about capability when the majority of individuals running the affairs of the nation were men.