The National Commission on Civic Education [NCCE] has said more women and people with disability need to be encouraged and empowered to aspire to higher positions, especially politics to ensure smooth participation of all in the country?s political democratic dispensation.
Speaking to The Moment at Agona Swedru in the Central Region, The Agona West Municipal Director of NCCE, Mr. Sakyi Sam noted that women and people with disability have been marginalized by society for far too long and as such it is now time for society to realize their contribution and give them the opportunity to prove their worth by encouraging and motivating them to actively participate in the country?s body politics.
He blamed the failure of both women and people with disability to go into politics on the cultural set up of the African society which he said looks down on women and people with disability.
He pointed out that when given the needed support and encouragement, women and people with disability will make can immense contribution to the country?s democratic dispensation and will also help reduce the incidents of political corruption in the country.
The NCCE Boss gave instances where women and people with disability have made a lot of impact wherever they found themselves.
According to Mr. Sakyi Sam, as part of its core function, the NCCE is going to organize a nationwide educational programme to sensitize the public, including women groups and associations of people living with disability on the need to avail themselves to the country?s governance system.
He described as unacceptable the number of women and people with disability who participate in elections even at the district level, and therefore called for concerted effort by all to encourage more women and people with disability to at least, contest District Assembly elections.
He said the programme which begins next weekunder the sponsorship of the European Union is also aimed at sensitizing the public on the up-coming general elections.
Source: By: Robert Ayanful/THE MOMENT