This, she said, required building the capacity for negotiation on issues that concern them – within the unions, at work places and with other potential national and international partners and parties.
“Working women must understand, interpret and articulate their concerns in ways that will get them the results they needed”, she added.
Dr. Ofei-Aboagye, who was addressing the second women’s quadrennial congress of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Kumasi, said it was also important that they became informed about international best practice and what had worked for working women elsewhere.
“Building workers power for decent work and national development: the role of women” was the theme chosen for the two-day meeting.
It was attended by delegates from across the country and was a prelude to the 10th quadrennial congress of the mother union, which would come off on Wednesday, August 10.
Dr. Ofei-Aboagye said although decent work was an urgent concern for both male and female workers, the latter should have greater interest in promoting the agenda – adequate social protection, income security and access to income earning opportunities.
She encouraged them to sufficiently educate themselves on the labour laws and social security provisions and to monitor their implementation and responsiveness to women’s circumstances.
Mr. Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the TUC, hailed the contribution of women to the growth of the union over the years and urged them to persevere in their quest to champion the cause of women.
He indicated that despite the appreciable increase in their participation in the activities of organized labour, there was still room for improvement.
Mrs. Nadia Theresa Abuga, the Head of Gender and Social Protection of the TUC, asked her colleague women to take up leadership positions in their respective unions.
Source: GNA/News Ghana