WILDAF Asks For More Support From Government To Improve Gender Equality

Women in Law and Development in Africa, WilDAF is calling on the Government of Ghana to support a standalone goal on gender equality and women’s rights in the post 2015 development framework.

Speaking at a press briefing held in Accra, Executive director of gender for empowering development GenCED, Esther Tawiah disclosed that gender equality and women’s empowerment in a post 2015 framework must be prioritize because of the persuasive injustice faced by women around the world, with women disproportionately represented among the poorest and most marginalized.

The press briefing title standalone goal on gender equality and women’s right in post 2015 sustainable development framework”

She explain the rational behind the title indicating that mainstreaming gender needs sufficient resources, leadership and political will, and must be based on targets that transform social relations and tackles the root causes of inequality.

Esther made emphasis on the importance of the standalone goal on gender equality because gender equality is a goal in itself in the current MDGs framework, and therefore deserve the political commitment and dedicated resources.

According to her women account for about two thirds of the 1.4 billion people globally who live in extreme poverty without specifically addressing gender inequality, women’s poverty and global poverty will persist.

She said though much progress has been made over decade, there is the need for government to work effective and efficient to bridge the gap.

She said WilDAF Ghana as part of the nationwide advocacy has done some level of media advocacy as well other women’s group on the need to work on the standalone goal at the UN during the 2014 CSW 58.

Esther said arrangement are far advance by WilDAF Ghana to submit a memorandum to the ministry of gender, children and social protection and the ministry of foreign Affairs to strongly support a standalone goal on gender in the post 2015 development framework.

She appeal to journalist to use their platform to advocate and educate the public on the need for a stand alone goal on gender equality and women’s rights in post 2015 sustainable development framework.

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