CDD-Ghana Statement on International Women's Day (March 08, 2012)
The Day, which is being marked under the theme – “Connecting Girls, Inspiring the Future”, presents a unique opportunity for all Ghanaians to reflect on the girl child and the immense contributions women have made to the development of this country. It is also a good time to evaluate our collective efforts to advance the cause of women and girls in this country.
The Center recognizes that Ghana has clearly achieved some notable successes in its effort to empowerment women since the commencement of the Fourth Republic. CDD-Ghana is particularly pleased with the fact that the distinguished occupants of some high public offices, such as the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, the Chairman of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) and the Commissioner of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) are all women. These manifestations provide remarkable inspiration to our young girls, who continue to look up to the occupants of these high offices as role models.
However, the Center is worried that opportunities for the advancement of women in the public sector as legislators, ministers of state, and chief executives of District/Municipal/Metropolitan Assemblies, for example, remain extremely low. This deficit is an affront to the nation’s commitment to issues regarding women’s empowerment for which considerable lip service has been made.
Much as women constitute more than half the workforce of this country, it is fair that the goal of complete emancipation and political empowerment of women must reflect in their adequate representation in Ghanaian public life.
The Center wishes to congratulate all women candidates in the upcoming Parliamentary elections for their courage and determination to stand up for the cause of women. We appeal to the electorate to vote massively for women candidates in the 2012 elections in order to improve upon women representation in parliament.
As we celebrate the achievements of Ghanaian women on this day, the Center wishes to draw the attention of Ghanaians, especially the ruling class to the enormous work that must be accomplished. We must all work together to ensure that women and girls achieve their full potential. This is a necessary requirement if we must deepen democracy, good governance and development in the society.