Women must be self-resilient to champion their rights in society – Gender Minister
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Otiko Afisa Djaba has called on both old and young women to be self-resilient in order to enable them to also stand tall amidst men in today’s society.
According to her, there has been significant and tremendous progress made so far in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), while expressing her belief in a glorious future for women in Ghana as the country celebrated its 61st Independence Anniversary.
Mad. Afisa Djaba underscored the importance of Women’s movement against harassment, most especially in the workplaces, in most parts of the world today. Saying, similar movements were challenging the unequal status of women in countries in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and even the ultra-conservative countries of the Middle East.
However, she reiterated that, there should be an end to rapes defilements, child and women abuses and men impregnating teenage girls.
The Minister made these remarks at the preliminary “Press for Progress Walk and Rally” in commemoration of the 2018 International Women’s Day Celebration which started from the Obra Spot (Circle) through to the Independent Square.
Ghana is also among the many countries across the globe anticipating for the celebration of the IWD celebration slated on Thursday March 8, 2018.
This day according to her, is a day specially set aside globally, for the celebration the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and as well as a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Mad. Otiko Djaba also expatiated that, in Ghana, women are looked down upon in terms of governance, decision making, access to education and even land or property rights issues.
She sited the statistics on Gender Inequalities in Rural Employment in Ghana in 2012 by the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which indicated that, overall literacy rate for women is 46% as compared to 67% for men.
Again, a very high percentage of women haven’t completed primary education, whereas in the rural areas, access to secondary education for women and men remains low, with male and female ratio of 13% is to 3% respectively.
However, she said, in spite of the continued struggle by women for opportunities with men within the society, there are a lot of prospects to be tapped and made use of by women. Saying, “Women too must press for progress. We must fight for their rights, however, if these rights are available and we are not able to develop, then it is our attitude, therefore, all ladies should respect and develop themselves.”
The wonderful and peaceful rally saw the presence of women leaderships of all political parties, Christian and Muslim societies, women from CSOs, AGLOW, women leaders from the various markets across the country, Academia, school girls, head potters (Kayayeis) including the security services.
By Sammy Adjei|Ghananewsone.com