Media urged to prioritise GRB reporting

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By Philip Tengzu,
GNA

Wa, (UWR), Nov. 14,
GNA – The Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC) has urged the media to
prioritise issues of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in its reportage to drum
home the need for the government to include it in national budgeting.

It said in as much
as Ghana was developing, there were still issues of inequalities in society and
emphasised the need to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich through GRB
to ensure those inequalities were reduced.

The Policy Officer for
the GTLC, Mr Emmanuel Wullingdool, made the call in Wa on Wednesday at a
programme to train News Editors on issues of GRB, particularly in the
agricultural sector.

The training formed
part of the implementation of the GROW project in the Northern, Upper East and
Upper West Regions by the GTLC, an agricultural policy advocacy organisation,
in partnership with OXFAM for the past two years.

Mr Wullingdool said
the GTLC recognised the media as a key partner in propagating issues of GRB to
ensure that stakeholders and governments took those issues into consideration
in making the budget more gender responsive.

“We know that we
can’t do this alone so we are bringing the media onboard to equip them with the
knowledge on Gender Responsive Budgeting, which they can use in their
reportage”, he added.

Commenting on the
findings of a research conducted by the GTLC under the project, Mr Willingdoll
explained that there was the need for the government to put in place deliberate
efforts to ensure that more youth and women participated in the Planting for
Food and Jobs programme.

“If our target is to
reduce unemployment in society, if we want to empower the women, if we want to
create sustainable jobs for the youth, and in such an important programme like
this (PFJ) we are not getting the youth into it, then it becomes a challenge”,
Mr Wullingdol Explained.

He advocated a
deliberate allocation of a percentage of the PFJ programme for women and youth
with the fertilizer, extension, market among others, saying “the blanket
rollout of the programme is not enough to get everybody on board”.

Mr Wullingdool
stressed the need for concerted efforts to improve the agricultural sector to
enable it feed the projected 30.5 million population of the country by 2020,
while providing employment and raising incomes of farmers.

Participants were
taken through the concept of Gender Responsive Budgeting, gender analysis and
gender mainstreaming among others to enable them to effectively report on
gender issues.

GNA

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