Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called for a legislation that will ensure a balanced representation of both men and women in governance.
His call follows reports by the Institute of Local Government Studies and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, which indicated that, 61 years after independence; only 45 women have been appointed to ambassadorial positions as compared to 319 men.
[contextly_sidebar id=”DVmdZfOW0SYWkkxe1HmpSJh3P5QLmFS2″]Ghana’s Parliament is still far off from the 30 percent mark set by the United Nations for women representation with its current 37 women MPs.
A worldwide ranking of women participation in governance also pegged Ghana at 143rd position out of 193 countries surveyed. This means Ghana has a long way to go in promoting women participation in the country’s politics, and urgent steps must be taken to address the challenge.
But, according to the MP who is also the Ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, enacting laws to ensure a balanced representation will go a long way to yield the needed results.
“I think it is now time to consider legislation. We have been doing advocacy for a long time. We have urged, appealed, prayed; but I think it is time for us to get a law that binds everybody.”
“Political parties must reserve a quota of their strong holds for women. After all these decades, we are not making progress; but rather we are declining. The tokenism where political parties reduce filing fees by half for women is not enough; I even think it is an insult to our women. Can’t we have laws that a percentage of our constituency should be reserved for women?, he quizzed.
Increase parliamentary seats to 300, reserve the extra 25 for women – Haruna
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, also wants the number of seats in Ghana’s parliament increased from 275 to 300, with a reserved number of 25 seats for women.
According to him, the extra 25 seats should reflect the size and strength of the political parties in Parliament and will help encourage women empowerment in the country.
“Today, we have 275 seats in Ghana’s Parliament. We can decide that we want to add an additional 25 and dedicate it to only women and decide that, that 25 reflects the size and strength of the political parties in Parliament,” he said.
We need more women in Ghana politics – Prof. Oquaye
The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has admitted that the country must adopt some measures to increase the participation of women in the country’s politics.
He said affirmative action could be one of the ways to increase women participation in politics for the country to catch up with the agenda of the all-inclusive government.
He said affirmative action is an instrument of social engineering to cater for some wrong done by the society that needs to be corrected adding that, “this is the essence of lawmaking; the law is an instrument of mischief correction.”
The Speaker of Parliament said one of the challenges that have characterized the democratization process in Ghana is the low number of women in politics.
He said the participation of women in Ghanaian politics has moved at a snail’s pace, a situation which needed to look at for inclusive democratization critically.
By: Nii Larte Lartey & Bervelyn Longdon | citinewsroom.com |Ghana