20 November 2012

Ghana: WiLDAF Campaigns for Women Parliamentary Aspirants

A gender parity advocate group, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), has mounted a vigorous campaign for women parliamentary aspirants in the Central Region, urging the electorate in the area to vote massively for women to represent them in Parliament.

At a media interaction in Cape Coast last week, WiLDAF Programme Manager, Frank Bodza, said the current women representation in Parliament was nothing to write home about, because women represent 8.2 percent. He added that the figure was very disturbing in the eyes of the international community, due to the fact that women formed 52 percent of the total population of the country.

According to him, Ghana had failed to meet the United Nation's 30% women representation in Parliament and other decision-making public institutions, and that it behooved on the electorate to help rectify such an anomaly, by voting women parliamentary aspirants into Parliament this time round.

He maintained that Ghana stood to benefit if women were voted into Parliament, because most of the decisions taken by their male counterparts, who have dominated politics over the years, really affect women.

Bodza used the occasion to appeal to media personnel to stop projecting the negative aspects of women in politics, but rather take into consideration the capability of such women, and help them join the decision-making wagon.

He again appealed to women aspirants to avail themselves to the media, in order to expose them to the limelight.

About 15 women are contesting for parliamentary seats in the Central Region, and prominent among them are Dr. Mrs. Henrietta Abane of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of Cape Coast North, and Mrs. Georgina Appiah Kubi of Assin South, who represents the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and a host of others.

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