Resource women to participate in DLEs – Sagnarigu MCE

By Fatima Anafu-Astanga, GNA

Bolgatanga, Sept. 11, GNA- Hajia Mariam
Iddrisu, the Municipal Chief Executive of Sagnarigu in the Northern Region has
called on MMDCEs to adequately engage and resource women aspiring to
participate in the District Level Elections (DLEs).

She said financial constraints were
deterring women from participating in local Governance and therefore the
Assemblies needed to support them adequately to prepare and contest in the
elections.

She made the call in an interview with the
Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a capacity building workshop for assembly
women in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

The workshop was part of a National
sensitization programme organized by the Institute of Local government Studies
(ILGS) in collaboration with the National Association of Local Authorities
(NALAG)and the Inter ministerial coordination committee on decentralisation.

The capacity building programme is aimed at
increasing women’s participation in the forthcoming district Level Elections.

According to the MCE, NALAG was supposed to
ensure that women were encouraged and resourced to enable them to contest for
district level elections and therefore it was working with gender sensitive
organizations to find ways to support women aspirants to embark on their
campaigns successfully.

She said when women were well attended to,
it would help them move to higher heights and increase their participation in
elections.

“We owe it a responsibility as MMDCEs to
encourage women to participate especially those elected assembly women and to
help government appointees to move to become elected assembly members”, Hajia
Iddrisu stressed.

She said NALAG was also working towards a
bigger forum to equip regional representatives to help MMDCES to encourage
women to contest in the elections.

She said the women’s caucus of the MMDCEs
was working to push for the passage of the affirmative action Bill and noted
that women were the majority and needed to be properly represented in decision
making.

She called on women to exhibit boldness and
make their intentions known so as to attract and get support to win the
elections.

She also called on her colleague female
MMDCEs to begin to scout for young girls from schools to groom them and build
their capacities to grow up to leadership positions.

GNA

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