YESTERDAY, March 8, marked International Women’s Day 2018.
AND on the occasion of the day (which fell yesterday), Weekend Today wishes to salute all our women for their contributions towards the development of Ghana.
THIS year’s global theme was, “Women Too: Press on to Progress as Game Changers,” while the national theme was “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives.”
THE day came on the heels of unprecedented global crusade for women’s rights, equality and justice.
IN fact, in the United States of America (USA) and other European countries, it took the form of campaigns and marches against issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal pay and women’s political representation.
HERE in Ghana various radio stations offered their platforms to some illustrious women to host their morning show programmes.
IN the national capital, Accra, for instance, while the Electoral Commissioner (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, was the host of Joy FM Super Morning Show, where together with a panel of four women looked at the celebration of the day and some of the issues that militated against the development of the Ghanaian woman, Second Lady Samira Bawumia, was the host of Starr FM flagship show “The Morning Star.”
SIMILARLY, the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, also used the day to host a number of Ghanaian women, urging them to strive to achieve their dreams.
WEEKEND Today must admit that it was exciting listening to these women discuss passionately issues that affected women in our society and what could be done to address them.
IT was also obvious from the various radio discussions yesterday that women in this country continue to suffer all manner of abuses.
INDEED ours has been a society where women in most cases have been relegated to the background.
AND though, we have made some progress in the area of women’s rights, equality and justice, Weekend Today believes more needs to be done in the area of especially gender parity.
THIS issue is quite prevalent in Ghanaian women’s participation in politics.
THE number of women represented in Parliament is still below 30 per cent, which is not good enough, especially when some affirmative policies have been introduced to increase women’s participation in politics.
AN Afrobarometer survey by Centre for Democratic Development (CDD)-Ghana recently revealed that a large majority (72%) of Ghanaians “agree” or “agree very strongly” that women should have the same opportunity of being elected to
political office as men.
UNFORTUNATELY, our women are hardly supported even by the various political parties to contest various party and national positions. And in cases where they are given opportunities, only few are encouraged.
IT is in the light of the above that Weekend Today is calling on government in particular, and state institutions like Parliament, civil society groups, Gender Ministry and other women groups to intensify their efforts aimed that addressing the many challenges confronting women in this country.