Former First Lady and President of the 31st December Women’s Movement, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings says emerging democracies will only grow from strength to strength if women are supported to participate in political leadership and conflict management.
She said: “It is only when women are part of policy planning and implementation that we see the requisite improvement in the lives of women.”
Delivering the keynote address at a conference on enhancing women’s participation in conflict management and political leadership in emerging democracies organised by the Certified Institute of Public Administrators (CIPA), Nana Konadu said though women have their destiny in their hands they have to work hard to make that destiny a reality.
“Almost every country within the region has some kind of gender process going on within civil society or the national legal framework, but those structures will not automatically make you a Parliamentarian, Minister, District Chief Executive, Vice-President or President unless we take the bull by the horn and prove that we have the capability, the capacity, the competence and more importantly the strength of character to manage these roles. I can. So can you.
“Distinguished guests, we women must be agents of change. We can be a powerful source of knowledge and skills within our various communities. Women cope better when faced with all the various environmental challenges and difficulties and have always been able to adjust and improvise. Our key position as protectors of the household means we cannot shy away from participating in local governance and in the process extend our reach to regional and national developmental and political roles.”
The Director-General of CIPA, Dr. Felix Lowen said the Summit was organised to develop a workable blueprint for a successful eradication of gender discrimination particularly in Nigeria and Ghana.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Dr Patience Jonathan, was invested with the Grand Fellow of CIPA Ghana. The Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana, Senator Obanikoro who represented the First Lady received the investiture on her behalf.
Tema Mantse, Nii Osonga Adjei Kraku II, chaired the programme.
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