Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), a non-governmental organization (NGO), has called on President Akufo-Addo to involve more women in his government as promised in the party’s 2016 manifesto.
Out of the 36 ministerial appointments currently made by the President, only 9 women have been given positions in the new administration, a situation WILDAF considers unacceptable.
Speaking to Citi News, Board Member of WILDAF, Magdalene Kannae, asked President Nana Addo to deliver on his promise to ensure 30 percent of his appointees are women.
“Only 9 women have been nominated to occupy ministerial positions out of a total of 36 which represents just 25 percent. This falls short of the international, regional and national standards as well as the New Patriotic Party’s own provision of minimum threshold of 30 percent women’s representation in its 2016 manifesto.”
“The available data indicates that, Ghana has not achieved beyond 23.4 percent of women’s representation in all public and political appointments since independence. If the current trend of appointment continues, Ghana is not likely to achieve even the minimum threshold of women’s representation in the next 50 years. The NPP government should fulfill its social development agenda provision in their 2016 manifesto of having at least 30 percent women in public office.”
Make women leaders to reduce corruption – GII
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) had earlier asked government to increase the number of women in critical positions to curb corruption.
According to GII, results from a research they conducted showed that men in leadership position would turn out to be more corrupt than women in similar positions
The report indicated that “a total of 498 respondents (81.5%) felt that there would be more likely less corruption if more women were put into positions of responsibility.”
“Similarly, 61.2% of the respondents felt that a person likely to bribe another person is generally a man than a woman,” the report added.
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana