The Government has restated its commitment to the promotion of gender sensitivity in the socio- economic development processes of Ghana.
This, it says will be done through concrete administrative, legal and constitutional measures.
A Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. John Alexander Ackon made this known at the Nairobi +30 Conference in Kenya.
The Nairobi+30 Conference was organized to mark 30 years since the 3rd World Conference on Women was held in Kenya in 1985. The forum was intended to fast track implementation of Africa’s Agenda 2063 which has as one of its goals ?full gender equality in all spheres of life?.
The conference brought together gender and women affairs ministers from across the continent. They took stock of the progress made in the last 30 years in the African women’s movement.
According to the Deputy Minister, Government believes that socio ? economic empowerment of women is inextricably linked with equality between women and men and development. That is why the Government is giving women the necessary support and encouragement in various socio-economic fields of endeavour.
These Hon. Ackon said will help women to lift themselves out of poverty as they take advantage of government’s poverty alleviation programmes.
Mr Ackon said Ghana is empowering women socially, politically and economically, and ensuring that they are represented adequately at all levels of decision making. He mentioned institutional and policy measures are being pursued in Ghana to promote the development of women and children. These include Formulation of National Gender and Children’s Policies which has been approved by Cabinet, strengthening of legal frameworks with an Affirmative Action Legislation being developed, Intestate Succession Bill under review and Property Rights of Spouses’ bill, both of which are currently before parliament.
He also mentioned Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Laws, with their Legislative Instruments being discussed by Parliament.
Hon. Ackon told the gathering that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is using advocacy, education and sensitization programmes to encourage and building their capacities to take up the challenge of occupying higher positions. C
urrently Ghana has a good number of women occupying leadership positions at the highest level. Women make up 29% of Ministers, 23% of Deputy Ministers, 16% of Chief Directors (first secretaries) and 8% of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives. High-level appointments to women also include the Chief Justice, The Electoral Commissioner, the Director General of Ghana Prisons, Director General of Ghana AIDs Commission, Controller and Accountant General, and the Government Statistician among many others.
AT the end of the meeting, the 21 countries present issued a communique to express their commitment to implement programmes, actions and activities that will strengthen gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout Africa.
Source : Public Agenda