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STATESMAN OPINION : EMPOWERED WOMAN, PROSPEROUS NATION

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The issue of women empowerment has always been, and continues to be, an important issue for the New Patriotic Party, looking at the enormous opportunities that were created by the previous Kufuor government for the betterment of women. 

The issue of women empowerment has always been, and continues to be, an important issue for the New Patriotic Party, looking at the enormous opportunities that were created by the previous Kufuor government for the betterment of women. 

 

One can readily mention the setting up of MASLOC and the programme of free maternal care as some of the interventions that added to the quality of lives of women under the government.

Now, the Akufo-Addo-led NPP government has also shown ample evidence of commitment to issues of women empowerment.

This was reiterated recently by the President when he visited the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, during the International Women’s Day, where he urged Ghanaian women to take advantage of the opportunities that would be presented by his government to improve on their socio-economic conditions.

That call by the President is very apt in the sense that women form the backbone of every economy. And luckily for Ghana, women form the majority of the population, hence their empowerment will lead to the development of the country.

It is in this regard that we welcome efforts by the government to integrate women’s empowerment into poverty reduction, democratic governance and sustainable development.

We accordingly applaud President Nana Akufo-Addo’s determination to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making, and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families.

Also, the call by the founder of Perissos Horizon, Patricia Dzifa Mensah-Larkai, for women to be less dependent on their male counterparts is in the right direction.

According to her, although men play significant roles in the development of women, they should take their destiny into their own hands and become economically independent.

“Women can make it, irrespective of their daily woes in life. They just have to be less dependent on men,” she stated during a seminar at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra yesterday.

Invariably, women’s contributions to the socio-economic and political development of Ghana cannot be overlooked. They have played and continue to play leading roles in the development of our dear nation.

In the area of public service, one does not need glass eyes to see their contributions to national development.

It is therefore in the right direction that the President has decided to appoint 30% of women into top government positions. This will certainly empower women and motivate the younger ones to aspire for greater heights.

Women have demonstrated that they are capable and when given the opportunity, they will perform to the admiration of all.

Mention can be made of the Chief Justice, Theordore Georgina Wood; the first female secretary to the cabinet, Ambassador Mercy Yvonne Debrah-Karikari; the Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei, and others.

We, thus, encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities being offered them by the Akufo-Addo government to move the issue of women empowerment to a higher level, by engaging in viable ventures to make as many of them as possible to become economically independent. The fact of the matter is that the more women that get empowered economically, the more prosperous the nation becomes.