The Women’s Manifesto Coalition (WMC) has called on the government and gender rights organisations to take stock of what it described as “the unfulfilled agenda of promoting women’s rights.”
It said although it appreciated the progress that had been made in the area of gender equality in the country, “women’s enterprises require more critical and structured support initiatives than hitherto being advanced”.
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This paper is a comparative commentary on the situation of women’s political leadership in Ghana. The paper highlights progress made in the country, draws attention to areas of retrogression and proposes some immediate strategies for greater representation of women in political leadership. Read more
Political parties in the country have been asked to ensure that at least 30 per cent of all elected positions at the districts, regional and national levels are occupied by women.
The electorate have also been advised to vote for more women to occupy political positions instead of always giving preference to men.
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This publication provides a set of guiding principles for constitutional reform based on practical experiences of constitutional reform processes in a number of countries (Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa).
While the primary focus of the publication is on the role of political parties in constitution-building processes, the publication is also of relevance to other actors involved in similar processes as it provides the reader with an overview of common phases, characteristics, challenges and guiding principles that may be customised to country... Read more
Civil society Organizations call on government to pass Affirmative Action bill into Law to encourgae more women participation in the decision making process.
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Freda Prempeh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North Constituency in the Brong Ahafo region has noted with worry that culture is still an obstacle hindering many qualified women to go into politics.
Ms Prempeh is one of the two female parliamentarians out of the twenty-nine MPs from her region.
Ms Prempeh said the situation is not encouraging women who are capable to go into politics even at the local level elections to represent the various electoral areas at the Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs).
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This report provides insight into integrating cultural analysis in development programmes, especially in the critical areas of gender equity and equality and reproductive health and rights. The culmination of two years' work with UNFPA field offices, headquarters staff and technical advisers, the report examines culturally sensitive programming during the past decade in a number of countries where UNFPA operates- Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Uganda and Yemen. Read more
Out of 58 women elected to Parliament, only three of them represented constituencies the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions and said more is required from the media to whip up interest of women, especially in these areas to go into politics.
Records from the Electoral Commission indicate that women elected from the nine districts in the Upper East Region in the 2010 District Assembly elections were 23 out of 396 contestants.
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The Deputy General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Dr Yaw Baah, has said that the country’s economic problems could be solved when a female is elected as the president.
“If you want Ghana to develop, make a woman the president," he said, adding that “corruption will go down if we have many female ministers.”
Dr Baah made the call during the closing ceremony of a five-day capacity building workshop organised by the TUC for 50 of its staff members from all districts in the Brong Ahafo Region.
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Five women have successfully gone through vetting to contest positions in the Jirapa constituency election of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West Region.
Mr Richard Kuunaah, Executive Director of GHANACare, a non-governmental organization, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani on Thursday that women participation in politics in the Jirapa Distict had increased significantly.
He said this was as a result of a project being implemented by GHANECare in the district aimed at increasing women participation in local politics, he explained.
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The Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre) has trained 40 women in human rights and leadership to enhance their performance.
The training is to sharpen the women's leadership skills for management of their future endeavours, Ms Joyce Lena Danquah, Project Officer of Gender Centre, said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Friday.
She said the session was the second of a series of workshops earmarked under the project, aimed at preparing the women to be able to assume effective leadership positions in the country.
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Mrs Freda Prempeh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North, at the weekend emphasised that a “Legislative Quota Seat” system is urgently required in Ghana’s electoral laws to consolidate the country’s fledging democracy.
“Legislative Quota Seat “, she explained, is a system that allocates specific percentage of parliamentary seats to women.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani, Mrs Prempeh regretted that women participation in politics continued to dwindle though they represented about 52 percent of the national population.
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Many have often wondered why despite educational campaigns urging women to get actively involved in politics, they shy away from contesting the Presidency. None of the major Political parties contesting the 2008 general elections has had a women filing for the Presidency. The New Patriotic Party had 19 men filing without a woman. Four men filed for National Democratic Congress Presidential slot, Convention People's Party has 4 and People National Convention with 2 filing.
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A four-day capacity building workshop organized for aspiring female parliamentary candidates in the country opened at Akosombo on Wednesday.
The workshop brought together aspiring female parliamentary candidates of the National Democratic Congress, the New Patriotic Party, the Convention Peoples Party, the Progressive Peoples Party and the Peoples National Convention.
It was under the theme: “Strengthening the Capacity of Female Parliamentary Candidates for Election 2012,” and organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (... Read more
The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has launched a program to train women to spearhead citizenship education towards the promotion of peace, transparency and credibility of the December elections.
Dubbed “Promoting democratic citizenship to enhance elections peace, transparency and credibility in Ghana”, it aims at building the capacities of selected women from 15 electoral-violence prone districts to create more awareness about the need for peace.
They are expected to do this through community education, stakeholder meetings and community durbars, engagement of the youth, women,... Read more
Ms Anna Bossman, Acting Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on Thursday asked political parties to consider women as capable of becoming flag bearers instead of assigning them the supportive role as running mates.
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The Commonwealth Observer Group has expressed concern about the low number of women contesting this year's general election in Ghana.
The group is in the country at the invitation of the Electoral Commission to observe Ghana's 6th elections since returning to constitutional rule for the fourth time in 1992.
"You have few women representation, over 1,000 people contesting, you have only a few women. So encourage more women to come forward and stand for elections and serve their people in those important areas," the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Dr Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili... Read more
Twenty-three out of the 64 women who contested the New Patriotic Party (NPP) primaries were elected as parliamentary candidates and would contest on the ticket of the NPP in the 2012 general elections. Some women's rights advocates who called on the various parties to reduce filing fees by 50% for all female hopefuls are now happy that their call has gone down well.
Nevertheless, a governance expert has said that if the other parties, particularly the CPP and NDC do not field more women then Ghana will not be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and... Read more
Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster, Presidential Candidate of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) on Wednesday said when elected his government would champion the cause of women in nation building.
He said "politicians must practice what they preach, and walk the talk..., as the CPP has demonstrated with its commitment to gender mainstreaming by electing a woman as the Chairperson of the party.
"Our first and second Vice Chairperson are all women and above all nominated a woman as potential Vice President of Ghana, this is a firm demonstration of a party's stand for promoting gender issues", Dr... Read more
he anxiety and uncertainty surrounding women's abilities to win Parliamentary seats have been laid to rest as 28 women from nine regions have reached office so far in Ghana's hotly contested 2012 elections.
Subsequently, Ghana’s next parliament is set to boast more women than before, especially as the results of some parliamentary races have yet to be declared. The 133 women who contested in this year’s parliamentary elections represent a 30% increase in that figure over 2008 and the highest number of women to have contested parliamentary seats in Ghana’s political history.
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