Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection on Thursday affirmed that Government was committed to ensuring gender equality and women empowerment in all sectors of the economy.

She said in view of the commitment, government initiated series of strategies for reducing poverty levels, social injustices among women and men, improving health standards and enhancing efficiency of public and private sector investments and domestic finance.

Nana Oye Lithur noted that the government sought to ensure that Ghana achieved gender equality for the attainment of human rights, which serve as a pre-requisite for sustainable national development.

The Gender Minister in an interview with the Ghana News Agency explained that the country's aims towards achieving gender equality targets were guided by its commitment to international instruments, its Constitution and national development frameworks.

She said article 17(1) and (2) particularly of the 1992 Constitution guarantees gender equality and freedom of women and men, girls and boys from discrimination on the basis of social or economic status among others.

Nana Oye Lithur said Ghana's efforts for gender equity are evident in the nation's recent achievements as shown by international indices.

She explained that the overarching goal of the National Gender Policy is to mainstream gender equality concerns into the national development processes by improving the social, legal, civic, political, economic and socio-cultural conditions of the people of Ghana.

She noted that President John Dramani Mahama has demonstrated commitment to address bottlenecks and barriers, and critical issues existing alongside the successes.

Nana Oye Lithur noted in an attempt to address the challenges posed by these inequities, President Mahama has been assertive by promoting girl-child education, social development and protection initiative.

The initiatives includes the distribution of free school uniforms, free exercise books, skilled training for young women, free ante-natal services for pregnant women, access to credit in the form of programmes such as the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty among others.

The Gender Minister said the Government has also improved the legislative environment through the enactment of statutes including the Domestic Violence Act 2007, Act (Act 732) to aggressively tackle gender inequality and the promotion of the welfare of women and girls.

Nana Oye Lithur stressed that it was evident that male involvement in removing systemic socio cultural practices that slow down women's empowerment especially stopping violence against women and girls and improving gender relationships in homes and public places was affirmed as an important policy issue.

She said the government has placed the marginalized and vulnerable groupings such as people with disability, the homeless and the displaced and other sub groups such as Kayayei and persons with disability on the agenda.

She said within the context of Ghana's Constitutional requirements, its development frameworks as well as international instruments, government has demonstrated commitment to women empowerment and social protection concerns.

She said government has set five policy commitments: Women Empowerment and Livelihood; Women's Rights and Access to Justice; Women's Leadership and Accountable Governance; Macroeconomics, Trade and Industries; and Gender Roles and Relations.

She said the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools, skill development, advocacy, lobbying, negotiation, mobilization, transformational leadership, research, monitoring and evaluation were key strategies listed for action towards achieving government's commitments.

Nana Oye Lithur said government has also set out clear policy level roles and responsibilities to be played by identified state and non-state actors, including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the media, the private sector, Traditional Authorities, and Local Communities for efficiency and effectiveness in achieving results.

She said the Ministry of Gender will be the main machinery to drive all the policy actions using a Strategic Implementation Plan to actualise the policy objectives.

Nana Oye Lithur said based on the track record of achievement by President Mahama, 'the electorates should vote massively for him and NDC Parliamentary candidates for another term to continue the progressive work'. GNA