Gushegu (N/R), Oct. 19, GNA – About 20 key
officers from relevant public institutions in the Gushegu Municipality have
received training on the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) project to
factor the interest of the vulnerable into their programmes.
The training was also to enhance the capacity
of participants in GESI planning and service delivery, facilitate a dialogue
around barriers to GESI and how to address them as well as identifying areas of
collaboration between the Gushegu Municipal Assembly and project implementers
to ensure GESI in the performance of its functions.
It forms part of the Enhancing Social
Inclusion in Local Governance project (ESILG) funded by SATR-Ghana, USAID, and
Danida with the aim to reduce the inequality gap and the rate at which some
particular groups of people such as the aged, youth, women, Fulani and people
with disabilities are excluded from local governance.
The ESILG project seeks to build capacity,
promote social accountability and facilitate the participation of socially
excluded groups thus participants are given the platform to outline some reasons
that led to social exclusion and inequalities within the municipality and the
steps that are taken as remedies to the outlined causes.
GESI is a year’s project, which began two
months ago, and it is being implemented at the Gushegu and West Mamprusi Municipalities
by the Regional Advisory Information Network System (RAINS) in partnership with
Women Support and Activist Group (WOSAG).
Dr Chrys Anab, a Facilitator to the ESILG
project at RAINS, who made a presentation at the training at Gushegu on Thursday,
said social inclusion would be achieved when all individuals had the necessary
opportunities and resources to participate fully in economic, social, cultural
and political activities.
He said the inclusion of everyone in decision-making
and local governance could eliminate employment segregation, which would
increase productivity by three to five per cent and equalise access to
agricultural inputs, which would as well increase output by up to four per
Dr Anab expressed need for the Assemblies to
factor the needs of GESI groups into their activities to enhance social
inclusion in local governance as there had been a great loss of human capital
for local and national development as a result of social exclusion.
Madam Ruby Osman, Head of Department of Social
Welfare and Community Development at Gushegu Municipality said the Department
was not able to undertake effective sensitisation and monitoring on GESI issues
because of inadequate funding and resources.
Madam Osman commended RAINS for the training, which
would ensure that the vulnerable and socially excluded were considered in the
operations of the Assembly.
Mr Abdulai Zabaga, President of the District
Cross Disability said the exclusion of persons with disability started from the
family level through to the district level lauding the training saying it
should also target the family level to recognise that persons with disability
were equally important in nation-building.
Participants suggested language and cultural
barriers, and geographical locations as some of the reasons for the exclusion
of the vulnerable from decision-making in local governance in the area calling
for intensified sensitisation to address the situation.