Lydia Alhassan
Lydia Alhassan

A group calling itself the African Institution for Female Empowerment has condemned the NDC’s negative tagging of the newly sworn-in Member of Parliament Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan.

The group is also pressing on the NDC to render an unqualified apology to Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan and also to all women.

The minority in parliament, on Tuesday, 5th February, 2019, staged a walk-out from parliament during the swearing-in of NPP candidate and new Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency while wielding placards that bore the inscription: “bloody widow”.

Some NDC MP's holding placards with the inscription "BLOODY WIDOW" as they walk of out parliament
Some NDC MP’s holding placards with the inscription “BLOODY WIDOW” as they walk of out parliament.

The minority’s actions according to the African Institute of Female Empowerment, is an act of disrespect to the reputation of the new Member of Parliament and women in general.

“The minority’s negative tagging of the newly sworn in Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wougon, Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan, is not only an insult to her personality but an affront on the dignity of women in general. Such a derogatory and an unsavory action should not emanate from an institution that is supposed to be the main representative organ of the people. We are therefore taken aback by their actions and as such condemn the actions”, the statement read.

According the AIFE, the fact that walking out from parliament is a misguided action from any credible opposition, the decision of some opposition MPs to go as far as wielding placards that bore the inscription: “bloody widow” is distasteful and brings the reputation of Ghana’s parliament into disrepute and staged a mockery of widowhood.

“The minority’s misguided actions in parliament constitutes to making mockery of widowhood in Ghana and is insensitive to the plight of a woman who has just lost her husband. So far there are no known evidence of her involvement in the incidents that occurred during the by-election. Their actions has not only affected a hardworking, committed, talented and loving woman but also that of women in a whole.”

“….What is the crime of the widow of the late Emmanuel Agyarko, whose seat Madam Lydia contested with three other candidates one of whom is an NDC member and won, for her to be embarrassed in the presence of her young grieving children and family. This act by far has also tinted the high held reputation of Ghana’s Parliament”.

The group however says it will be prudent for the NDC to do the needful and apologies to Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan and to all women for what they say is an unjust and undignified attack on the new lawmaker and Ghanaian women.

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