The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection has revealed that women in Ghana deserve not less than 40% representation at positions of authority and decision-making in the public Service, in her quest to have the Affirmative Action Bill passed by Parliament.
The Affirmative Action Bill was giving a cabinet approval in June 2016, and it is expected to be passed by Parliament later this year.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting on the Bill, at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, the Human Right Activist underscored the need to have a system that promotes the full active participation of women in public life by providing the needed support for women to have a fair representation in electoral politics and governance structures.
"we are seeking not less than 40% representation into positions of authority and decision-making in the public Service." She said.
"we are asking for a proper measures to be taken in the public and private sector to ensure the full integration of women into mainstream economic development including roles and responsibilities."
"we want to see the inclusion of women in political parties".
She reiterated the Mahama administration's commitment to see to the empowerment of women in Ghana.
"His excellency John Dramani Mahama since he was elected has shown a great leadership in breaking the glass ceiling."
"We have seen women occupying key ministerial positions with some deputized by men reflecting a level of confidence in women leadership."
Even before she was appointed a minister, Nana Oye Lithur has been a gender activist as a "young determined lawyer".
She therefore challenged all women to stand up and get counted.
The program was awash with live-band music and inspirational speeches from women who have strive, for all these years, to have the bill approved by Cabinet.
"We have come that far but there are more to be done." Says Joana Opare, chairperson of the Affirmative Action Law working committee.
"We have to do everything in our capacity to have this Bill passed."
The fight for Gender equality has gone on as far back as 1960 when the Representation of the Peoples act was enacted.
By Fiifi Abdul-Malik/ghanaguardian.com