Do not be intimidated, Gender Minister urges women

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Sept. 16,
GNA – Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has
urged women not to allow themselves to be intimidated by anyone in their quest
to participate in a governance role.

She urged women to
make themselves visible and be heard, and that they should not let anyone
intimidate them in whatever role they want to play as they seek to contribute
positively to the growth and development of the country.

She urged women to
join voices with women groups seeking for the general well-being of all
Ghanaian women.

Nana Oye Lithur
said this in Accra during a day’s summit on “What Young Women and Girls
Want in 2016 Ghana Elections”.

The event was
organised by Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa in partnership
with United Nations Women Central and West Africa and with support from the
United States Embassy in Accra.

The summit is a
non-partisan dialogue to articulate and ensure that the interests, voices and
desires of young Ghanaian women and girls matter in the 2016 electioneering
period.

Nana Oye Lithur
urged women to start building their capacities to be able to stand for or to be
appointed to higher positions in government and business.

“Don’t be
apathetic at all about the upcoming elections. Participate by voting the right
government that has proven to have your interest at heart into
government,” she said.

“Preach and
lead the peace process, because experience has proven that the most affected
people in times of war and conflict are women and children,” she said.

She said: “I
want peace before, during and after the 2016 general election. No matter my
political or partisan interest, I want to be in a country where my children can
go to school peacefully and come home in one piece.

“I want to be
able to leave home and know that there is no one threatening my life and that
of my loved ones.”

Nana Oye Lithur
also urged women to take advantage of opportunities of platforms created to
negotiate for more spaces for women in decision-making roles in all levels of
leadership.

The Gender Minister
announced that the Affirmative Action (AA) Bill had been approved by cabinet,
and that she was confident that it would be passed by Parliament by the end of
the year.

She said the
purpose of the AA Bill is to promote the full and active participation of women
in public life by providing a more equitable system of representation in
electoral politics and government structures.

Mr Daniel Fennel,
the Public Affairs Consular of the US Embassy in Accra, said the US Government
is committed to ensuring that Ghana witnesses another peaceful, free, fair and
transparent general election on December 7.

He said the US had
interest in seeing to it that young people rise to leadership position in
Africa.

He said President
Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to
invest in the next generation of African leaders.

Mr Mawuli Dake, the
Co-Founder, Moremi, said young women constitute one of the most powerful
demographics in Ghana today- in numbers and in collective potential.

He said the choices
this generation of young women make would not only shape their lives, but that
of a whole new generation of boys and girls in Ghana.

He said the 2016
general election is a critical opportunity for girls and young women to contribute
to the agenda setting and public policy process in Ghana. 

The mission of
Moremi Initiative is to engage, inspire and equip young women and girls to
become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social
entrepreneurs and change agents.

Moremi is based in
the US and Ghana and operating throughout Africa. 

GNA

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