The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Women Caucus and National Democratic Congress? Member of Parliament for Savelugu, Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo has stated that the fight for equality between men and women goes beyond the case made for social justice but rather a fundamental human right that must be achieved.
?When?women have equal access to education, and go on to participate fully in business and economic decisions-making, they are key driving force against poverty. Women with equal right are better educated, healthier and have greater access to land, jobs and financial resources?, she said
The First Deputy Majority Chief Whip said this on the floor of parliament in commemoration with this year?s International Women?s Day under the theme ?Equality for women is progress for all through total inclusion?
Hajia Boforo deplored the continuous inequalities and discriminations women experience all over the world in the field of education, access to productive resources, critical decision making processes among others despite the significant progress chalked after so many years of campaigning for the rights of women both home and abroad.
She added that until women are given the needed and equal opportunities and supported, the quest for the development of the nation would remain difficult and almost illusive.
According to her, even though some achievements have been made in gender equality in the socio-economic front, the number of women holding political office particularly women in the legislature leave much to be desired.
?With the end of the MDGs in 2015, the Goal three(3) of the Millennium Development Goals which measures the gender parity in the proportion of seats held by women in National Legislatures would not be attained by Ghana. The Current 10.9% representation of women in Parliament does not represent ?total inclusion? in our legislature?, she said.
She appealed to Corporate Ghana to support female aspirants into political offices and also called on them to see such supports as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the society going forward.
She also appealed to the Musician Union of Ghana(MUSIGA) to include in the category of their annual awards, songs that promote the welfare and interests of women and also discourage the inclusion of songs that ?degrade womanhood? for awards no matter their popularity.
Contributing to the statement, Mrs. Irene Naa Torshie, Addo, MP for Tema West also expressed her reservations on the decline of women?s participation in the political and governance process and added that the Affirmative Action Bill will not be enough to address the challenge.
She appealed to President John Mahama to use the power at his disposal in his next reshuffle to appoint more women into office to help in the drive of the development agenda of the country.
Source:?Romeo Adzah Dowokpor/Spynewsagency