By Lizzy Okoji
Ghana has made tremendous strides in gender equality.
Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, leader of the delegation of MPs to the ECOWAS Parliament, made this known on Monday in Abuja while presenting the Country Report of Ghana at the ongoing 2021 Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament.
The Ghanaian Authority, he said it is fully committed to implementing the ECOWAS Supplementary Act on the Equality of rights between women and men for Sustainable Development.
He said that the government of Ghana has put in place policies and programmes that seek to mainstream perspective of women and men and to ensure the implementation of the polices.
Afenyo-Markin said the interventions have however begin to yield positive results, as it has increased the awareness of the citizens on the role women can play in the development process.
“The Government of Ghana in recognition of the invaluable role women play in National Development has initiated various affirmative policy measures.
“Aimed at ensuring adequate participation and representation of girls and women in educational and leadership endeavors in the country.
“For instance, Ghana’s University admission policies make provision for thirty per cent placement for female candidates.
“Ghana has also adopted the convention, where all legislations make a provision for women to be included in Governing Councils/Boards of public corporations and institutions.
“It has been realized that in order to ensure gender balance in leadership positions, and promote full participation of women in public life, there is need to institute a deliberate legislative regime.
That prescribes equal representation of of women in leadership positions and the general governance of the country.
“To this end Government has made a commitment to pass an affirmative Action Bill that seeks to promote a progressive increase in the active participation of women in public life.
“And bridge the gender imbalance between man and women”, Afenyo-Markin said.
Afenyo-Markin noted that the realization of these policies however lies in the net of the Ghanaian Parliament which is expected to expeditiously pass and domesticate international instruments in the country.
This he added would ensure that women’s rights are respected.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Supplementary Act on Equality of Rights between Women and Men for Sustainable Development in the ECOWAS Region that was adopted by the 47th Ordinary Session of the Conference of the Heads of State and Government held in Accra, Ghana, on May 19, 2015.