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The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Patricia Pelosi, has called on Ghanaian political leaders to concentrate on the education of girls and women to attain faster development.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Patricia Pelosi, has called on Ghanaian political leaders to concentrate on the education of girls and women to attain faster development.


Mrs Pelosi said where women and girls are better educated, countries develop better and faster. Moreover, society becomes stable and people are at peace.

She therefore urged Ghana to create educational and economic opportunities that allow every student and worker to climb the ladder of opportunity, especially women and girls.

She made these comments in Parliament yesterday as she led a 13-member team of members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on a four-day visit to Ghana.

The American way

“In America, when we say when women succeed, [the response is that] America succeeds. And I am sure that in Ghana [it is the same]: when women succeed, Ghana succeeds,” she said.

She told Parliament the reason for the congressional visit was to pay respects to Ghana on the 400th anniversary of the first recorded trading of slaves from Africa in the United States. The anniversary fell yesterday, July 31.

The US Speaker said the congressional delegation had come to celebrate the “Year of Return, 2019” with Ghana.

The Year of Return is a one-off year of events and exchanges which is offering all people of African descent the opportunity to come back home to the African continent and engage in national development.

Horror turns into homecoming

Mrs Pelosi described the period that led to the removal of people from Africa Jamestown in Virginia, America, in 1619 as an atrocity.

“What a beautiful gesture President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ‘Year of Return’ campaign is ‒ to turn the memory of such horror into a spiritual homecoming for so many,” Mrs Pelosi said.

Touching on justice, she said that today too many people in too many places are living under regimes and in conditions that deny them the justice which is their right as citizens and children of God.

Justice is the foundation of hope and must ensure that every person, particularly young people, have hope in the future, she said.

Committed to partnership

The Speaker promised the US’s commitment to Ghana’s economic progress, noting the work of the Millennium Challenge partnership and the African Growth and Opportunity Act as examples of firm support.

She said America applauds Ghana for its efforts in achieving environmental justice, and stressed that that commitment is enshrined in the constitution, which pledges to protect and safeguard the national environment for prosperity.

“We salute your leadership in the Paris Climate Accord, and the work you have done to lower emissions, increase use of renewables and advance climate resilience in your communities,” Mrs Pelosi said.

She also praised Ghana for being the shining star on the African continent in ensuring human rights and as a leader in exporting security beyond national borders. This, she said, is what makes the country the model of a thriving democracy for the world.

She hoped that America will continue to look to Ghana as a partner, not only in advancing security and peace, but in upholding human rights and opportunity for all, regardless of who the individuals are.

Congressional delegates

Nancy Pelosi is the first Speaker of the US House of Representatives to address the Parliament of Ghana. Members of Congress who accompanied the Speaker include Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, steering and policy committee co-chair Barbara Lee, the chair of the CBC, Karen Bass, and Congressman John Lewis.

Others were Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York, Congresswoman Hank Johnson of Georgia and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio.

The other members of the team were Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Alabama, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.