The stakeholders extolled the Gender Ministry for its efforts at women’s empowerment and advocating for safer environments for women, but urged it to intensify its work relative to Gender parity in the areas of education, politics and public service.

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender at a public forum
Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender at a public forum

Similarly, they encouraged the Ministry to do more in respect of defusing stigmatization of women with HIV and AIDs, preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), reducing stigmatization of adolescents in witches camps, as well as pushing for the passage of the Affirmative Action bill.

They recognised and lauded the sector Minister, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, for her enormous contribution to the success chalked so far by the Ministry.

On her part, Hon Lithur, in a presentation, said her Ministry had been guided by various national, regional and international legislations and framework in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
She indicated that the 1992 Constitution guaranteed Gender Equality and freedom of women, men, girls and boys from any act of discrimination on the basis of social, economic or any other reasons.

The Constitution, she said, provided that the “State shall afford equality of economic opportunity to all citizens; and, in particular, the State shall take all necessary steps so as to ensure the full integration of women into the mainstream of the economic development of Ghana.”

The Ministry, she disclosed, had been working towards its policy objectives and a comprehensive social-development policy framework in its bid to promote the effective integration of gender considerations at all stages and in all dimension of data production and creation of statistical knowledge as well as make social protection more effective by targeting the poor and the vulnerable.

Hon Lithur said the Ministry’s objective was to implement programmes that would promote gender equity in political, social and economic-development systems and outcomes and with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which came to a close this year, as well as to incorporate each of the goals in all programmes and policies.
The Chairperson of the occasion, Dr Rose Mensah Kutin of Abantu for Development, commended the Ministry for creating such an innovative platform for assessing its performance.

Dr Kutin stated,“ I want to appreciate Hon. Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, and her Ministry for the innovative platform which has the potential of enabling us assess performance and forge a meaningful partnership in how to enhance our goal of addressing inequalities including those of gender relations.”

Source: Mohammed Suleman/Public Agenda


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