The Jirapa Director of NCCE, Norbert Anbaahikpeaugu has noted that real and meaningful democracy will not be attain until women and men have equal political decision making power, in which everyone?s interest is fairly and equally represented.
According to him, a key fundamental for minimal participation of women in politics is due to the patriarchal culture of the people in the country, despite the constitutional right of women as equal to their male counterparts.
?Mr Ambaahikpeaugu said patriarchal??culture has infected the Ghanaian in such a way that women in the midst of men is seen inferior and therefore find it difficult to have a good passion in the decision making processes at both the district and the national level.
These were contained in a paper delivered on his behalf by Amma Gyamfuaa Osei-Wusu, at a three capacity building workshop for Women in Politics at Jirapa in the Upper West region.
It was organized by the Global Hands on Natural Environmental Care (GHANECare), a local NGO in collaboration with Academy for Local Democracy, a German based NGO with funding from GIZ and CDD Ghana under the ?Commitment for Africa Project?.
According to him, under the current democratic dispensation and the vision of Ghana to achieve the MDG goals by 2015 require the participation of everybody in decision making process, especially majority of citizens who are women since they constitute over 61% population of the country.
He noted that Ghana?s development will be a mirage if a large proportion of the citizenry are excluded from taken part in decision making processes and stressed the need to increase women participation in decision making processes at local and the national level.
The NCCE Director was of the view that most women are open minded and less corrupt than their men counterpart and should therefore be seen in the helm of affairs as far as decision making for the betterment of mankind is concern.
Touching on challenges that inhibit women from their quest to take active part in local politics, Mr. Ambaahikpeaugu mentioned inferiority complex, low education and financial constrained as some of the major challenges facing women hence their reluctant to participate in local politics.
He underscored the need to intensify and sustain of education of females and all forms levels in the country.
?This he noted can be done by the promotion and sustenance of massive girl child education through collaboration between??district assemblies, NGOs, and well meaning individual.