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Ghana: Increase capacity building to ‘get’ more women in Parliament – Adwoa Safo

The participants and stakeholders at the workshop

The Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo, has stressed the need to build the capacities of more young women in the quest to increase women representation in Parliament.

Ms Safo made this known  at a capacity building workshop organised by Parliament, in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stifung and Abantu for Development, for the Women Caucus in Parliament and other stakeholders in Koforidua last Saturday.

Ms Safo, who is the Chairperson of the Women Caucus in Parliament, said the current Parliament had 37 women, a figure which did not represent the 52 per cent women population in Ghana.

“We need to mentor the women and ladies in the constituencies, so that we can get 50 per cent and more women representation in Parliament to facilitate the passage of bills or policies in favour of women,” she said.

“The current number of women representation shows we have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but if we cannot achieve 50 per cent or more, the next generation will work to continue the fight to achieve it,” she added.

The Programmes Manager of Abantu for Development, Mrs Hamida Harrison, in a opening remarks said  training women in Parliament would in turn promote social democracy, equality, peace and security in the country.

“We are confident that the training will establish women policy makers to promote access to leadership and equal representation in Parliament,” she said.

Mrs Joana Adzoa Opare, an international consultant on gender, social development and peace-building,  in a presentation on the theme: ‘Enhancing capacities towards a gender-sensitive Parliament’,   indicated that Ghana had all the legislative instruments (LIs) to promote gender equality.

She encouraged  women to fight for their rights adding that women had equal opportunities as men.

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