Journalists discuss Affirmative Action Bill
The Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ghana, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Foundation (FES) have a media engagement on the Affirmative Action Bill (AAB) in Accra.
The media engagement brought together selected journalists from both the public and private media to discuss the current status of the AAB and the strategies needed to get it passed into law.
Ghana far behind
In her welcome statements, the Acting Executive Director of FIDA Ghana, Susan Aryeetey, said the AAB was about the rights of all and the recognition of the contribution of both men and women to .
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Quoting the Global Competitiveness Report of 2017/2018, she said Rwanda currently had 68 of its women in Parliament.
She said that contrasted to Ghana, which had just 13. 8 women in Parliament.
The Global Competitiveness Report which measures factors that drive long-term growth and prosperity for over four decades is compiled by the World Economic .
“Similarly, Ethiopia’s Prime minister has appointed a Cabinet marked by gender parity, with 10 women and 10 men. The country has gone further to appoint a female as President of that country.
While these two countries have set milestone in efforts to place more women in positions of influence, Ghana is trailing behind at least 12 African countries,” she said.
“Indeed we are so far behind the rankings for women in national parliaments as of October 1, on the inter-parliamentary union website, which ranks Ghana 143 out of 193 countries.
In 2016, Ghana was ranked 149 and this demonstrates the slow progress that Ghana has achieved,” she added.
A Consultant of the AAB, Joana Opare, in her presentation on the status of the bill, said the law was necessary the country because of the low numbers of women in decision-making and the difficult attempts in addressing this without a consideration of the socio-cultural and influences surrounding the issue.
She said since attempts by President Kwame Nkrumah to ensure the representation of women in Parliament through the Convention Peoples Party’s (CPP) Women in Parliament Initiative in 1960, the country had woefully failed to date in reaching the goal.
Currently, she said, the bill had to be approved by the current Cabinet for it to be passed on to Parliament.
Opare said that was because its submission in Parliament in the last quarter of 2016 did not get the needed attention.
Time had, therefore, elapsed so the bill had to be represented afresh to the current Parliament, she said.
The processes for an Affirmative Action Law in the country started way back in 1998 in line with efforts and ratifications of international protocols for gender equality.