Speaker pushes for measures to increase women participation in Politics

By Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, Oct. 12, GNA – Right Reverend Professor
Aaron Michael Oquaye, the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana has said the
country must adopt some measures to increase participation of women in the
country’s politics.

He said affirmative action could be one of the
ways to increase women participation in politics for the country to catch up
with the agenda of all-inclusive government.

Prof Oquaye was speaking in Accra at an Alumni
Lecture by the University of Ghana as part of its 70th anniversary celebration.

The Lecture was on the theme:
“Strengthening Democracy and Good Governance in Contemporary Ghana: Some
Challenges”.

He said affirmative action is an instrument of
social engineering to cater for some wrong done by society that needs to be
corrected adding that, “this is the essence of law making; the law is an
instrument of mischief correction”.

The Speaker of Parliament said one of the
challenges that has characterised the democratisation process in Ghana is the
low number of women in politics.

He said the participation of women in Ghanaian
politics has moved at a snail’s pace, which needed to critically looked at for
inclusive democratisation.

Prof Oquaye said in terms of constituency
participation, since 1960 to date, women representation in Parliament had not
been anything to boast of.

He said in 1960, women representation in
parliament was 9.6 per cent, in 1965, it rose to 18.2 per cent and declined
again to 0.7 per cent in 1969.

In 1979, 1992, 1996, 2000, women
representation in Parliament were 3.5 per cent, 9 per cent, and 9.5 per cent
respectively, he said.

He added that in 2000, the representation of
women in parliament was 9.5 per cent, 10.8 per cent in 2004, 9.3 per cent in
2006, 10.9 per cent in 2012 and 12.7 per cent.

Prof Oquaye said a worldwide ranking of women
participation in governance pegged Ghana at 143rd position out of 193 countries
surveyed.

The country, according to the Speaker of
Parliament came behind countries in African like Rwanda (first in Africa),
South Africa, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Uganda, Burundi, Namibia and Sudan
among others.

He said, the list shows that Ghana has got a
long way to go with regard to promoting women participation in the country’s
politics.

GNA

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