The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has taken another judicious step by organising the 15th ‘Kronti ne Akwamu’ lecture in Accra.
The annual Kronti ne Akwamu lecture on democracy and governance was to bridge the gap between reflection, research and analysis as well as prodemocracy and good governance advocacy.
The lecture was themed “Gender and youth in Ghana’s Democracy Consolidation,” was supported by the German Cooperation, Stanbic Bank and Global Affairs, Canada, among others.
Speaking at the lecture, the Former Director, Social Development Policy Division, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Professor Takyiwaah Manuh, noted that there were disparities between men and women, with women being disadvantaged.
This she said, Ghana one of the countries that had signed unto a lot of international treaties including the UN’s SDGs was expected to achieve gender equality by 2030, whereby both male and female should be offered the same opportunity in their communities.
Stressing that, there is the need for Ghana as a country to step-back and access gender and youth in its democratic process if it was to deepen and achieve the agenda 2030.
Touching on the issue of the youth, Professor Manuh, said there had been an unprecedented rural-urban migration because the youth had not been empowered economically.
According to her, the youth were faced with limited career, low education or over education, which compounded the unemployment situation among them.
“All these were as a result of inequalities, saying that, the unemployment rate of the youth was twice that of the adults,” she stated.
She observed that these had landed most of them into the informal sector and were engaged in driving taxis, barbering, hairdressing, petty trading and into the creative art industry for survival, among others.
Professor Manuh said their lives can be made better if the informal sector was improved as well as labour conditions, such as the provision of accommodation.
The Executive Director, CDD-Ghana Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh, explained that the annual Kronti ne Akwamu lecture on democracy and governance was to bridge the gap between reflection, research and analysis as well as prodemocracy and good governance advocacy.
The aim is to enrich the quality of public discourse on democracy and governance reforms, he noted.
He said prominent scholars or activists of local and international repute, whose work focuses on democracy building and fostering good governance are among the lecturers.
They would share knowledge and insights on these issues in the hope of stimulating vibrant public debate, Professor Prempeh said.
Dr Kojo Yankah, Founder and Past President of the Africa University College of Communications said men also had a critical role to play in gender issues, the African Union should be championing the 2063 agenda of the SDG as well as emulate the examples of some countries in advancing the development of women and the youth.