‘Women should be assertive in decision making’

Comfort Dabo, the Assembly member for Dwaho, in the Ahafo-Ano North municipality, in the Ashanti Region, has rallied her fellow women to become more assertive and take centre stage of the political decision-making processes in matters affecting their welfare and that of children.

She urged them to defy stereotypes and fight for elective positions, which they qualified to hold from the unit committees, through the district assemblies to parliament, which should inspire every Ghanaian woman to overcome all odds to live their dream and serve as role models.

Ms Dabo, a women’s advocate made the call to celebrate the Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, by the Young African Women Congress as the ‘Model African Woman of the Year 2019’ in Accra.

She congratulated Madam Osei-Opare for her selection as the “Model African Woman of the Year” and praised her for her great leadership and contribution to efforts at making the society a better place for the citizenry.

“Ghanaians are proud of you and will continue to celebrate and honour you for the selfless leadership and immense contribution to the growth and development of the nation,” Ms Dabo said.

She drew attention to the need to speed up the passage of the “Affirmative Action Bill” and noted that the passage was vital to drive the country’s sustainable development saying, “The bill, which has suffered a number of setbacks for about 10 years now, is supposed to significantly help to increase the participation of women in decision making.”

It provides for a 40 per cent representation and participation of women in governance, public positions of power and decision making.

The bill also proposes that anyone who insults a woman just because she is vying for public office should be liable for prosecution. 

Ms Dabo indicated that “its passage into law will empower women and the delay was not auguring well for women empowerment and the decision making processes”. –GNA

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