The acting Director of the Department of Gender, under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Mrs. Comfort Asare, has urged stakeholders to make gender equality and equity their priority, to help reduce poverty in the country.
She asked stakeholders to endeavour to put in place strategies to address the barriers on gender equality and equity.
Dr. Asare made the call at a stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop on the National Gender Policy in Accra on Tuesday.
The programme, meant to sensitise participants to the gender policy, was on the theme: “Mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment into Ghana’s development efforts”.
Dr. Asare said the passage and implementation of an affirmative action law would ensure that there was at least the 40 per cent women representation in politics.
She said achieving gender equality was regarded as the attainment of human rights and a pre-requisite for sustainable development.
“Ghana’s goals towards achieving gender equality targets are guided by its commitment to International Instruments, the 1992 Constitution and national development frameworks,” Dr. Asare stressed.
She said the goal of the policy was to mainstream gender equality concerns into the national development processes by improving the social, legal, civic, political, economic and socio-cultural conditions of the people of Ghana, particularly, women, girls and children.
“The policy will also accelerate efforts and commitments of government in empowering women, especially, those with disability to have safe and secure livelihood, access to economic opportunities, decent work to improve earnings while addressing disparities in education, socio-economic and cultural issues, health and agriculture, trade and related matters,” Dr. Asare said.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi