Women empowerment implies the ability in women to take decisions with regard to their life and work and giving equal rights to them in all spheres like: personal, social, economic, political, legal and so on.
We have learnt with great shock and dismay of our President’s unfortunate comments that women have not done enough to earn a place at the decision making table. It is sad to note that our President is a father of five females who seems not to appreciate the climax for women empowerment and gender equality. Its now understandable the frustrations of NPP members and other Ghanaians about the leadership of President Akuffo Addo and his many failed promises.
Per the 1992 constitution of Ghana, article 35(6b) states emphatically that we must achieve reasonable, regional and gender balance in recruitment and appointment to public offices, but here lies an instance where the gender ratio being represented in this current administration vindicates the position of our President on his just recent unacceptable comments. Women empowerment has become the buzzword today with women working alongside men in all spheres, on that backdrop our women must be seen and heard. We should get to that day when equality for women is assumed. Preserving the gains that have been made on advancing gender equality and women empowerment and addressing the development challenges of this country, the President as a matter of urgency and strategy must do the needful and apologise. Respecting women cannot be a rule, but surely it can be a responsibility.
The Ghanaian women plays a major key thematic role in the development of this country and continent at large, recent appointments of Charlotte Osei, Hanna Tetteh, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong at the international front connotes the fact that our women have done enough to earn a place at the decision making table.The journey of a woman at any stage of her life can be either extremely beautiful or extremely disastrous, and a great deal of this depends on what kind of men are around her. I believe that a society where its women do not feel secure and respected is not worth calling a society.
Let’s all join forces and condemn this uncultured act from our President, in no circumstance should such comments be entertained in our daily political discourse.
♾ Miss Henrietta Asante
(National Deputy Tein coordinator)