The Management of White Ribbon Ghana, an organization working with men and boys to end violence against women has congratulated Ghanaian women on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
A statement issued in Accra by Mr Derick Botsyoe, National Coordinator, White Ribbon Ghana and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said though as a country “we can be proud of our achievements over the years in relation to issues of women, we have just cracked the glass ceiling”.
It said there was still more work to be done to create a world of gender parity.
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women with a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The celebration was on the theme: United Nations 2019, and the theme for the day which is, “Think equal, be smart or build smart, innovative for change”.
The statement said the theme emphasized the need to work together and promote gender parity in all spheres of life.
It said involving men in efforts towards gender equality runs the risk of reinforcing men’s existing power and jeopardizing resources and funding directed at women, so the goal of promoting gender justice must be central.
“Male participation is not a goal in itself, but a means to end,” it said.
The statement said research shows that 740 million women currently make their living in the informal economy with limited access to social protection, public services and infrastructure that could increase their productivity and income security.
It said White Ribbon Ghana is working with men and boys to end violence against women and promote a world of love, respect and equality through education and advocacy.
The statement said the balanced future “we are working towards can only be possible when issues of women are made men’s issue too.
“While men must act in support of gender justice, this in no way means that women’s groups and campaigns must include men” it said.
The statement said in working to transform the social structures, relationships and ideologies on which gender inequality is based, it is vital to engage with men and boys.