Electorate encouraged to vote more women into assemblies

 Elector­ates have been encour­aged to vote for more women in the District Assembly elections slated for October this year, to promote inclusion at all levels.

Currently women’s representation in District Assemblies stands at less than five per cent.

According to Mary Ankomah, Se­nior Programmes Officer of Abantu for Development, a Women’s Group Organ­isation, stated that over the years women had increasingly shown interest in the local government system that was intended to bring governance to the doorsteps of the people.

She lamented that the situation had failed to attain the 30 per cent United Nations rec­ommended threshold in representation in assemblies making gender-based exclusion a major deficit.

Ms Ankomah gave the encouragement at a press conference on the theme: ‘Increas­ing Women Participation and Representa­tion in the 2023 District Level Elections’

It sought to mobilse and develop capac­ities of prospective women candidates to strengthen their civic engagement and voice in elections in increasing advocacy towards immediate passage of the Affirmative Ac­tion Bill into law.

The programme was organised by Abantu for Development with support from Afri­can Women Development Fund (AWDF) which brought together aspiring and assem­bly women who shared their experiences on the elections.

Ms Ankomah said women participation in political and electoral processes could be considered to be one of the litmus test for women’s empowerment and gender equality.

“Inclusion of women in District As­semblies is crucial for gender sensitivity, facilitating equitable allocation of resources, ensuring public accountability and strength­ening democratic culture for sustainable socioeconomic development.

“The low representation of marginal­ised groups, especially women, not only limits diversity of legislative processes but consensus building around many of the critical challenges facing the country,” Ms Ankomah noted.

The Chairman of Food Security Policy Advocacy Network, Kingsley Offei-Nk­ansah, in a presentation on ‘Mobilising Citizens’ Support for Women’s Increased Participation and Representation in 2023 District Level Elections’ urged women to mentor girls for leadership positions.

He underscored the need to promote equality at all levels since Ghana had signed on many treaties and conventions to pro­mote equality and advised women in politics to target telecommunication organisations to raise awareness on the need to elect them into leadership positions.

The General Secretary of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Kokro Amankwah, who was represented by Nii Adjettey Adjei, the Pub­lic Relations Officer of NALAG, indicated that participation of women in leadership positions was crucial for national progress, growth and development.

The Programmes Manager of Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre, Deborah Akakpo, tasked women aspiring for leadership positions in all en­deavours to show commitment, dedication and determination to take up such positions and excel.


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