The maiden edition of the workshop is being organised by the Women, Peace and Security Institute of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
The project will be implemented within the framework of the Women, Peace and Security Communication Network (WPSCommNET).
The training aimed at equipping the members of the WPS CommNet and other participants with the skills and tools necessary tools to undertake domestic election observation with a gender lens, paying particular attention to women parliamentary candidates in their various constituents over the 2016 electoral cycle.
Air Vice Marshal Griffiths Santrofi Evans, Commandant of the KAIPTC said the workshop, aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the dynamics and factors that affect women’s political participation and help to identify the gaps and challenges that have implications for their success or otherwise in the political and public spheres.
He said women account for less than 15 per cent of the country’s legislative governance and their numbers seem to be dwindling as the Ghanaian democracy had gained in traction and ascendency.
He observed that whereas women accounted for an estimated 20 per cent of parliamentary seats in the first republic, they currently occupy less than 10 per cent of the seats in the current legislature.
“This far below the minimum 30 per cent threshold recommended by the UN, the low number of women in parliament can have implications for legislation that adequately reflects their interest and priorities’, he added.
Air Vice Marshal Evans noted that affording women greater access and representation in politics and governance would allow their potentials and perspectives to be brought bear on the process of democracy and thereby maximise the benefits thereof.
He said having more women in leadership could positively affect the standard of living and sustainability of development.
He quoted Dr Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the UN as saying “there is not tool or development more effective than the empowerment of women, no other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, no other policy powerful in the chances of education for the next generation’’.
He added that the workshop would go a long way to boosting support for the full implementation of the global agenda of women’s empowerment and greater participation in leadership and decision-making at all levels of the society.
Mr Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana said promoting gender inclusive participation at all stages of the electoral system forms an integral part of democratic process.
He reiterated Australia’s commitment to help promote women’s representation and participation in leadership and governance.
Women Organisers of the various representatives of the charged women to defy all odds that hamper their effective role in decision making and leadership.
Source: GNA/News Ghana