10 July 2013

Ghana: 145 Women Join Council of Chiefs in Five Districts

As part of its efforts to promote good governance, the Community Development and Advocacy Centre (CODAC), in its project dubbed: "Amplifying the voice of the vulnerable," has succeeded in getting 145 women into Councils of Chiefs in five districts of the region.

During a presentation at an engagement meeting on the inclusion of women in the Councils of Chiefs and Councils of Elders held in Bolgatanga, Mr. Bukari Issaka, Programmes Manager of CODAC, said areas in which the project had engaged those women included the Garu-Tempane District, Bawku Municipality, Bongo District, Builsa District, and the then Talensi/Nabdam District.

He said the five women's networks had been formed and were functioning in communities of the districts with action plans for development.

He said the women's network in the Garu-Tempane District, for instance, was working towards the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Mr. Issaka revealed that the women networks had also lobbied for the construction of a market at Tongo-Balungo.

The Manager noted that it was a challenge for his centre at the beginning, because some chiefs did not want to accept the concept of women joining their councils.

"Initially, some chiefs did not want to accept the concept, because culturally, women are not allowed to be part of decision-making, but due to the approaches and the processes we used, which were letting the chiefs know that there are policies and legislations that say that women have the right to be part of decision making, they understood," he recounted.

The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, Naba Baba Salifu Lemyaarum, on behalf of his colleague chiefs, announced that the issue of women's inclusiveness in chieftaincy councils would be brought before the Regional House of Chiefs for discussion.

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