Women Empowerment Ghana failing women - Abantu

A member of the Women’s Manifesto Coalition, Kinna Likimani Abantu has blamed political parties in the country for not supporting the cause of bridging the gender equality gap over the years.

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Ghana has failed to achieve the United Nations’ mandated 30 percent representation of women in parliament, prompting concerns from gender advocates. This is according to civil society organisation, Abantu for Development.

A member of the Women’s Manifesto Coalition, Kinna Likimani , has blamed political parties in the country for not supporting the cause of bridging the gender equality gap over the years.

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She noted that though Ghana contributes to most of the international conventions on women’s participation in politics, including the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals, there’s more room for improvement as far women empowerment is concerned.

Speaking on Accra-based Class FM, Kinna Likimani stated that Ghana cannot continue to pay lip service to women but should work to get adequate representation in parliament.

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“We continue to have issues, which mean that women are under-represented in party leadership and in primaries. Therefore, women are consequently underrepresented in parliament. We are currently below the UN level by far. We are looking at percentages of sometimes between 7-10 per cent. So what we are saying is that it is bad. Abantu has been too diplomatic but I’m going to say it is bad, it’s awful and we need to do better because representation matters and the processes by which parties may ensure inclusion and ensure that women participate are very important because it is the parties that pick the leaders. So, at the party level, if we are not ensuring that a lot more women are included in party structures and party leadership…then we are not going to get adequate representation of women,” the daughter of the respected writer Ama Ata Aidoo stated.

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