Gender Ministry to support women candidates for 2016 elections

The Ministry of Children, Gender and Social Protection says it is going to support all women aspirants in this year’s elections.

It says those to vie for presidential and parliamentary positions will be accorded the maximum support as part of a policy by the Ministry.

This was disclosed on TV3’s News 360 on Tuesday, January 5 by the sector minister, Nana Oye Lithur.

“We are going to support women presidential candidates and women parliamentary candidates,” she disclosed.

“We are also going to roll out a national advocacy plan for elections and also to make women champions and advocates for a peaceful 2016 elections.”

There are concerns there is a steady decline of women in politics.

Efforts by some political parties notably the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to introduce affirmative action have been strongly resisted by members.

Ghana is yet to have a woman presidential candidate. The possibility of seeing that jinx broken nearly came into fruition in 2012. However, the Electoral Commission disqualified National Democratic Party’s Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings and Ghana Freedom Party’s Akua Donkor prior to the elections.


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