Gender activist pushes for fund to help women pursue political career

Gender Minister, Nana Oye Lithur
Gender Minister, Nana Oye Lithur
Abantu for Development, has asked government to provide financial incentive for Ghanaian women with political ambitions to encourage them to participate effectively in partisan politics.
It is consequently advocating for the setting up of an independent fund which women interested in politics can access to aid them  go into politics.
Director of West African Regional Office for Abantu, Dr. Rose Mensah – Kutin, made the appeal at a lecture organized by the Business School at GIMPA – Takoradi campus under the theme, “Women and National Development in Ghana: The Case of the Women’s Manifesto”.
Over the years, some Ghanaian female elites spearheaded by the Ministry of Gender have been advocating for the inclusion of women in government appointment agenda; designating them to hold high national offices and to also involving them in local governance.
In 2004, Dr. Mensah – Kutin initiated a political non partisan document that outlines critical national issues of concerns to women tagged as “the women’s manifesto for Ghana”.
Speaking at the lecture she requested that government institute an independent funds to support Ghanaian women to embark on their political career.
She noted that in 2007, government set a special fund to support women at the district assembly level but it was criticized as being partial and that according to her, discouraged women.
Amid the criticisms, she insisted that it is relevant as a nation that women politicians receive financial aid upon merit.
Addressing developmental issues in Ghana, Dr. Mensah – Kutin observed that though agric is the backbone of the country’s economy and women dominant the sector, policies have not favoured them.
She said government’s focus has been more on commercial food production relegating the efforts of women in feeding the nation to the background.
Dr. Mensah – Kutin has therefore called on government to focus on food growing sectors where women efforts are deposited.
By Loveridge Ampratwum Okyere||Ghana

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