President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo

The Affirmative Action Bill Coalition on Wednesday congratulated Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu and her three other male counterparts for their nomination to the Supreme Court.

The coalition has also applauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his commitment to recognising the relevance of promoting women in different spheres of life.

A statement signed by the Convener of the Coalition, Mrs Sheila Minkah-Premo, said: “It was significant that Prof Mensa-Bonsu was nominated in the month of March when we celebrated the International Women’s Day with series of activities to draw attention to equality.

The Coalition reminded the President that the Affirmative Action (Gender Equality) Bill has not been passed into law.

“The passage of this Bill into law will accelerate Ghana’s effort at meeting the Sustainable Development Goal Five target of Gender Parity in decision making by 2030 and the African Union Gender Agenda of 50-50 representation of both men and women in decision making.”

The coalition further reminded President Akufo-Addo of Ghana’s commitment to Affirmative Action and endorsing the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action, the SGD and the Commonwealth Plan of Action on Gender Equality, which set a minimum target of 30 per cent of women in decision-making positions.

It appealed to the President to appoint more women to the superior courts and other decision making positions in government.

Additionally, the Coalition urged the President to double his efforts as the African Union’s Gender Champion and Co-Chair of the SGD’s by ensuring the Affirmative Action (Gender Equality) Bill was laid in Parliament to be passed into an Act as soon as possible.

The Coalition said the President should also ensure the implementation of policies and programmes aimed at redressing civil, political, cultural, social, economic and education imbalances in the society, as stipulated in the Constitution.

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