ABANTU for Development and The Women Manifesto Coalition (WMC) in a joint statement has congratulated Mrs. Jean Mensah the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana for her sterling performance during the Presidential and Parliamentary elections held on the 7th of December, 2020.
Mrs. Jean Mensah’s success and leadership around the 2020 elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic gives recognition to her capacity, efficiency, and strength of character as well as the remarkable work that women are performing in critical state institutions.
This congratulatory message was contained in a press statement signed and issued by Dr Rose Mensah-Kutin Executive Director, ABANTU for Development, ABANTU, and the WMC.
It is also by extension, a triumph for many other Ghanaian women and men especially those who believe that gender inclusion and women’s heightened visibility and leadership are critical in national development.
The statement said,it recognised that there has been a nominal increase in the number of women ascending to leadership positions in various sectors of the country.
The women’s rights policy advocacy organisation has also worked to support endeavours for the promotion of gender sensitivity in leadership to address issues of inequalities as a matter of right and entitlement.
The organisation continues to build the capacity of women to participate in decision-making at all levels, to enable them influence policies from a gender perspective for equality.
Unfortunately, the structural and systemic limitations, the many challenges and barriers that women in Women’s Manifesto Coalition leadership have to contend with, do hinder women’s progression to leadership positions in governance just as it is in other public institutions.
It is in this regard, ABANTU for Development, as a women’s rights policy advocacy organisation has directed its work since 1999 to examining, scrutinising and interrogating processes that perpetuate structural inequalities and exclusion in national management.
The statement said they are confident that she will remain steadfast and focused in serving the country by providing a powerful voice in the area of governance and in supporting considerations of diversity and inclusiveness.
The statement added, that they have always taken pride in the promotion of women to high profile positions knowing that barring structural patriarchal challenges, women largely excel when given a chance in managing critical institutions of the state.
“We, therefore, compliment Mrs. Jean Mensah on her success and send our best wishes to her for the future.
We continue to work with great optimism that, institutions of governance and other national institutions will recognise the added value that women bring through their effective leadership.
In securing the constitutional mandate of the Electoral Commission, we are hopeful that lives will be transformed through the delivery of relevant development policies, programmes and projects in the country,” they added.
Below is the full statement