GenCED to empower young women into politics

By
Gifty Amofa/Victoria Asante, GNA

Accra, Feb. 26, GNA –
The Gender Center for Empowering Development (GenCED), has rolled-out a policy
dialogue series to empower young women to participate and take up roles in
Election 2020.

The GenCED Young
Women Policy Dialogue which is on the theme; “The role of young women in
Election 2020,” also seeks to mobilize young women into decision-making and
stimulate the interest of young women in participating in active politics and
governance.

The dialogue would
also marshal young women in tertiary institutions in Ghana and other African
countries – Nigeria, Liberia, Niger, Mali and Gambia to get involve in
leadership roles and decision making process in their respective countries.

Ms Elorm Atakli,
GenCED Project Officer said the center seeks to employ and explore traditional
and modern ways of empowerment, advocacy, lobbying, dialogue and other means of
engagement as a tool to get the voices of young women in party manifestoes,
highlight the roles young women have been playing in elections over the years.

Ms Atakli who was
speaking at a GenCED dialogue programme in Accra said young people had
increasingly become the focus of various activities and policies because of the
energy, creativity and innovation, but were marginalized in decision-making
structures.

She said it was
mainly due to the perceived lack of experience, cultural barriers, Structural
and religious factors that serve as hindrance.

She further stated
that youth and women represented two most important pillars of all political
parties and the two wings make the parties active, contribute to agenda
setting, sustain the party structure and mobilise votes.

She also mentioned
that Political parties were essential part of inclusive democratic process
under the equal participation of youth, women and men since the women and youth
constituted majority of entire population in West Africa and were the sources
of major demands for the dividends of democracy.

“It is upon this
background that GenCED is embarking on an educational policy dialogue to build
the capacity of young women to enable them peacefully participate, vote on
issues, and the role they can play in the 2020 elections,” She said.

Madam Ruth Seddoh,
National Deputy Youth Organizer for the National Democratic Congress said there
was male dominance in leadership and it was time to space out the differences.

She urged young
women to be motivated, participate and take up leadership roles in every sector
not only in politics, but also make use of least opportunities encountered.

“The influence of
our socio-cultural setting and religious background was taking a better part of
us that hinder women to explore to step out and make a difference.”

Madam Lovelace
Antwiwaa, Aid to Deputy Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party said women
were highly under-represented in terms of positions but there were avenues for
young women to be engaged in Election 2020.

She stressed the
need to create awareness to get young women to participate in leadership and
also do away with intimidations and pledges her support for women and youth
advocacy in leadership.

She urged young
women to educate and advocate peace in the 2020 elections, and also get
themselves readily available in possible ways, to be well prepared and oriented
in activities that would adequately prepare them for future opportunities.

GNA

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