WiLDAF calls for media support as Ghana marks World Rural Women’s Day

Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF-Ghana) has called on the media to join the fight for justice and strongly advocate for the  rights of rural women in land acquisition as Ghana joins the world to mark the World Rural Women’s Day on Thursday.

Lois Adoamoah-Addo, Program Officer for WiLDAF-Ghana, made the call at a media soiree in Accra on Monday to commemorate the Day  on October 15, 2015.

The event was aimed at drawing the attention of the media to the plights of vulnerable rural women in the society when it comes to issues of the acquisition of land.

It also sought to solicit the support of the media to help dedicate their energy and time in educating the public on the law pertaining to land acquisition as well as impress upon policy makers to consider rural women into formulation of policies regarding land acquisition amongst others, she says.

In an interview with journalists, Ms Adoamoah-Addo said: “The contribution of rural women in the country towards national development has been tremendous but when we get to see their issues and challenges year after year, we don’t see much progress in terms of assistance.”

According to her, policy programs to address issues on gender affect women most but “when it comes to tracking at the grass roots levels, it is either less or it does not affect them at all. 

Lois Adoamoah-Addo wants government to consider the plight of women in the rural areas into the policy making processes and to ensure that they equally benefit from these policies as demanded by right.

“You see many times, they’ve not benefit from these policies and programs, so we want to remind government about these plans that they have for rural women that they need to make sure that it trickles down to the ordinary rural woman who is working day and night to ensure that they get food on our tables,” she stressed.

The World Rural Women’s Day is a global event marked annually in more than 100 countries around the world to recognize the role of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

Launched by several international NGOs during the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing 1995 and a worldwide empowerment and educational campaign, the first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15, 2008.

The media soiree was jointly organized by WiLDAF-Ghana, Send Ghana, Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL), Oxfam, Peasant farmers Association of Ghana on the theme: “From rhetoric to action”

In attendance were over 30 selected journalists drawn from broadcast stations like television, radio, online, and print media including some stakeholders from Civil Society Organizations to promote the day.

By Joseph Kobla Wemakor|Accra|Ghana

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