Statement from the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) on the Occasion of the Centenary Celebrations of International Women's Day
The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) wishes to congratulate Ghanaian women and advocates of women’s rights and empowerment on the occasion of the centenary celebration of International Women’s Day.
The Day, which is being observed under the theme – “Equal Access to Education, Training, Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women,” - presents a unique opportunity for all Ghanaians to reflect on the monumental contributions women have made to the development of this country. It is also a good time to evaluate the success (or otherwise) of our collective efforts to advance the lives of women and girls in this country.
Ghana has clearly chalked some notable successes in the cause of women’s empowerment since the beginning of the Fourth Republic. The Center is particularly pleased with the fact that the distinguished current occupants of the high public offices of Speaker of Parliament and Chief Justice are women. We regret, however, that opportunities for the advancement of women, as legislators, chief executives of District/Municipal/Metropolitan Assemblies and in many other areas of public life in Ghana, remain extremely limited. This stands as a rebuke to the nation’s commitment to the full agenda of women’s emancipation for which considerable lip service has been made.
Women make up more than half the workforce in this country. The goal of complete emancipation and political empowerment of women is therefore an economic imperative as it is a moral one. Indeed, it is widely acknowledged that the cure for poverty has a name; it is called the empowerment of women.
Societies that ensure that women have control over their reproductive cycles and the economic decisions of the family see phenomenal improvements in the health and education of children - with economy-wide implications.
While we celebrate the achievements of Ghanaian women on this occasion, CDD-Ghana expresses a keen desire to see that the Government, Civil Society and Ghanaians at large acknowledge the significant amount of work that remains to be done to ensure the full emancipation and empowerment of Ghanaian women – a necessary requirement for meeting our goal to deepen democracy, good governance and development.