‘Women participation in governance critical for devt’

 Joyce Bekoe, assembly member for Mamfe West and South Electoral Area in the Eastern Region, has intimated that women’s participation in governance is critical to national development and cohesion and must be supported and assisted to perform.

She explained that due to stereotypes, many women shunned the idea of becoming leaders even in their own groups and contesting for positions in local governance, and stressed on the need for aggressive measures to remove such barriers.

Ms Bekoe, an official of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), who is contesting for the second time as an assembly member, disclosed in an interview with ‘Women’s Profile’ a platform to promote women’s participation in local governance and decision making.

“Although my first term has been successful, it has not been easy and non-governmental organisations working in the interest of women must step up their game to get more women to participate in governance and decision making.

“Giving account of my stewardship, through my efforts the Mamfe Methodist Girls Senior High School has been provided with a six-unit classroom block to reduce decongestion and other electrification projects in the school, apart from the projects I’ve lobbied for the communities in my electoral area, I have served as a role model to whip up the interest and enthusiasm of women in local governance and decision making.

“I appeal to all eligible voters to once again allow me to continue what I have started which is geared towards improving livelihoods and ameliorating the plight of constituents,” Ms Bekoe said. -GNA

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