An Accra-based nonprofit organization said representation of women in key democratic institutions in Ghana is still low.
According to local media on Tuesday, the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) appreciated the progress made by Ghana in upholding the rights of women and promoting equality, adding there was more work to do to ensure equal representation of both men and women in politics.
Ghana’s 2010 Population and Housing Census said women make up 51 percent of Ghana’s population but the CDD said the same could not be said about women’s representation in local and national decision-making processes.
The Research Officer of CDD Ghana, Mavis Zupork urged the government to prioritize women empowerment to ensure their recognition.
“We are not saying that the government is not doing well; and we are not saying that, as a nation, we are not doing well. We are saying that there is more to be done.
“Let’s look at not just creating the opportunity, but .. look at empowering women who want to take up these positions, who want to be out there to also contribute to the democratic development of this country,” Zupork said.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice Marietta Brew Appiah- Oppong has meanwhile called for a broader based multi-sectoral intervention to ensure the advancement of the women’s empowerment agenda.
Appiah-Oppong said Ghana was yet to attain the 30 percent target of women’s representation in decision?making.? Enditem