Abantu For Development Holds Meeting On Women’s Manifesto For Ghana

The Women’s Manifesto Coalition and host organization Abantu for Development have held a meeting to reflect on the Women’s Manifesto for Ghana document as this year marks the 10th year anniversary of the Manifesto.

Some of the issues raised at the meeting were about women and land, since land related issues were critical for women’s rights in Ghana. This is because of the centrality of land as a resource for the livelihoods of the majority of the population.

Another issue is women participation in parliament as the document demands from political parties to promote affirmative action to progressively increase the number of women candidates for parliamentary elections in order that there is at least 30% representation of women by the year 2008 and 50% representation by the years ahead.

Some other issues mentioned is legitimate, ownership and the issue of conflict management.

In addition, is the effective use of the implementation of Manifesto and the long term implementation, and the impact of the women’s manifesto.

Professor Dorcas Coker Appiah emphasised the need for the state to ensure full responsibility on matters relating to accountability.

She appealed to Government not to cut off resources for women coalition in the country.

The Convener, Women’s Manifesto coalition, Professor Hamada Harrison, said the current challenges facing their coalition in promoting Gender parity are lack of financial sustainability, and therefore appeals institution to asset in promoting the core value women’s play in the country.

She commended Abantu for development for playing a comprehensive role in promoting the document and therefore called on the youth to take up the challenge and make good use of the document.

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