Posted: Friday 16th May 2014 at 10:42 am

Women must not be daunted by prevailing conditions – 31st DWM

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The 31st December Women’s Movement   has urged women not to be daunted by the deeply confusing and extremely complex conditions in the country. 

 
According to the movement, the condition that women are presented with is  a unique opportunity to take the bull by the horn and provide solutions to the problems facing  the country and  the African continent.

This was contained in a  statement issued by the 31st December Movement to mark the 32nd anniversary of the movement, which falls on May 15. 

This occasion, according to a statement signed by the General Secretary of the movement, Mrs Sylvia Ahorlu, is a time for reflection as each  member  has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and “those over which we have travelled”.

“If the future road looms ominous or unpromising and uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve, carrying only the necessary baggage and step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well,” the statement  emphasised.

It said the suffering of women had persisted in Ghana and the rest of Africa for too long, citing the stealing of newborn babies, economic hardship facing almost everyone and the abduction of children in other parts of the African continent.

It also observed that the rhetoric of governments had not yet produced any results, explaining that  the only real  solution, undoubtedly, lay in the hands of women.

“We must play a leading and pivotal role in our country and the continent’s affairs as a matter of urgency,” the statement stressed.

The statement observed that over the years, governments and institutions had failed  women, while corruption had persisted.

According to the statement,  women needed to demand a well -functioning government, sound business environment, an equitable distribution of resources, acceptance of the rights of others, good relations with neighbours, free flow of information, high levels of human capital, low levels of corruption, and  a country with sound security for all.

It was of the view that if these comparative areas were improved, it would  reduce the vulnerabilities of women in Ghana.

“We use this occasion to challenge all women to speak out now and together build and restore Ghana for the sake of the suffering masses whose interest is our prime concern,” the statement said.

It urged all gender activists, companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals to continue to be the voice of the voiceless.

The statement concluded by commending  all  supporters and all NGOs whose resolve had been to keep women and children’s issues alive.

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