Feminism NPP youth blast Franklin Cudjoe

President of Policy think tank Imani Ghana Franklin Cudjoe described two women believed to be NPP supporters as “overused and possibly smelly” on Facebook.

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The youth of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described as unfortunate comments made by the President of Imani Ghana against some ladies of the party.

This was contained in a statement signed by the National Youth Organiser of the party Sammi Awuku and a member of the party’s Gender and Social Development Committee, Ursula Owusu.

The party further described the comments as an insult to all women in Ghana and therefore demanded a retraction of the comment.

“This highly unacceptable and base language is an affront, not only to the women of the NPP but to all the women of Ghana. The comment, which has received very wide condemnations from well-meaning Ghanaians, is not only disappointing and highly disrespectful, but comes at a time when many women point to indiscriminate use of harsh language as reason for staying away from politics and the public sphere.”

“The Youth Wing of the NPP, and the NPP Gender and Social Development committee unreservedly condemn the characterization of women in this foul manner. We demand a formal retraction of the offensive statement by Franklin Cudjoe as well as an unconditional and unqualified apology to the ladies of ‘*Loyal ladies of NPP*’ and to all Ghanaian women.”

President of Policy think tank Imani Ghana Franklin Cudjoe described two women believed to be NPP supporters as “overused and possibly smelly” on Facebook.

READ ALSO: Franklin Cudjoe apologises after calling NPP ladies 'smelly'

This has caused heavy criticism from many social media users and the general public at large.

Below is the full statement

NPP YOUTH WING DISAPPOINTED IN FRANKLIN CUDJOE


The National Youth Wing of the New Patriotic Party has noticed with shock, totally unfortunate and insulting comments made by the President of Imani-Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe against gallant women of the NPP, including describing them as “over used and smelly”. This highly unacceptable and base language is an affront, not only to the women of the NPP but to all the women of Ghana.

The comment, which has received very wide condemnations from well-meaning Ghanaians, is not only disappointing and highly disrespectful, but comes at a time when many women point to indiscriminate use of harsh language as reason for staying away from politics and the public sphere. Ghana has a rich history of women in politics, but given that they form 50 percent of total population, it is a source of worry that a vast majority of women will rather not get involved in the political process, precisely because of unacceptable conduct as demonstrated by Franklin Cudjoe.

The New Patriotic Party greatly values the contributions of women, and encourages, both young and old to actively participate in our political tradition. The hardworking ladies of ‘NPP Loyal Ladies’, who form a key branch of the NPP Youth Wing*, defy all odds, carrying the message of ‘CHANGE’ to the remotest parts of our country and bringing HOPE to the people. They are at the forefront of the quest to rid our beloved Ghana of this corrupt and incompetent John Mahama led NDC government, and usher in an era of prosperity and peace for all Ghanaians, in a Nana Akufo Addo led NPP government.

For their dedication and commitment, they deserve commendation and accolades, and definitely not disrespect. It is therefore appalling that such distasteful comments will come from Franklin Cudjoe, the President of IMANI, an organization that is actively involved in the public discourse around good governance, and styles itself as a watchdog organization that keeps political leaders on their toes.

The Youth Wing of the NPP, and the NPP Gender and Social Development committee unreservedly condemn the characterization of women in this foul manner. We demand a formal retraction of the offensive statement by FranklinCudjoe as well as an unconditional and unqualified apology to the ladies of ‘Loyal ladies of NPP’ and to all Ghanaian women.

It is our hope that he will henceforth eschew this kind of language and significantly commit himself to the fight for equal rights and women's empowerment. Once the retraction and apology are submitted, we are happy to offer gender sensitivity training to IMANI, as our contribution to sanitization of public discourse, and the elevation of political conduct in Ghana.

…Signed….

SammiAwuku
(National Youth Organizer, NPP)

Hon. Mrs. Ursula Ekufful(MP)

(Gender and Social Development Committee, NPP)

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