An Assistant Professor of Global Media Industries at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, USA, Dr Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, has advised political parties to put measures in place to encourage women to aim at occupying other important positions within the party than inadvertently limiting them to the women’s organiser slot.
According to her, “the culture of women being limited to a portfolio with direct link to the women’s wing is not only obsolete but it fuels assertions that women are not capable enough to occupy certain positions in organisations.
Welcoming news of the appointment of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate of Former President John Mahama, Election 2020 flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Mohammed stated that it was heartwarming for a qualified female to have been given the nod.
She explained that the election season would be interesting but was scared of sexism which was manifesting and insisted that her nomination was important and a big deal within Ghanaian politics especially for a major political party to do that.
Dr Wunpini indicated that “a number of women are capable of serving in different capacities within political parties but have not been given the chance to prove their mettle and it behooved on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to change the gender politics embedded in their own political parties.
“Women should not just be banished to the women’s organiser role but they should be encouraged, conditions should be created within the system to make sure that a woman can run for chairperson, secretary of the party and win rather than discourage them because they are mostly denied the opportunity to serve due to the failures of fellow women, I wonder why the narrative is not the same when men fail.
“We need to move away from this whole idea that if a woman is elected and they fail, it is a failure for all women but when a man fails in their position of power, it doesn’t become a failure for all men, we need to treat women with the humanity that we afford men,” Dr Mohammed bemoaned. -ghanaweb.com