Hillary Gbedmah, Gender Activist

Ghanaians have been tasked to hold politicians accountable for their campaign promises.

This is in view of several broken promises that the country?s politicians made during electioneering campaigns.

Hillary Gbedemah, the gender activist who made the call, decried the continuous neglect of women in decision-making process in key and influential institutions in the country.

Speaking at a programme dubbed ?Promoting women?s political right in election 2012 through affirmative action? organized by Abantu for Development in Accra, she said holding politicians accountable for manifesto promises that encouraged participation of women would help achieve the desired results of women in decision-making.

Currently, she noted that women had 8.3% representation in Parliament as compared to 50% requirement by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to be achieved by 2015.

This, according to her, made it crucial for women to be included in the decision-making process for the desired results to be achieved.

Available statistics indicated that 16 out of the 23 women who contested as for seats as members of parliament in 1992 won their seats with a total number of 200 parliamentary seats, representing 8%.

In 1996, 18 out the 53 women who contested their seats won, representing 9%, whilst in the year 2000, 19 out of the 95 women who contested won their parliamentary seats, representing 9.5% with 230 seats up for grabs.

In the year 2004 however, 25 out of the 104 women who contested won their bid to enter Parliament, representing 10.9%, whilst in the year 2008, 18 out of the total number of 103 women who contested for the 230 seats won their bids, representing 7.8%.

This and others were the factors that have informed Abantu and other?s decision to push for the inclusion of women in major decisions.

On his part, the chairman for the occasion, who happened to be Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association lauded Abantu for the initiative since in his view it was highly educative and testified to the fact that the country?s democracy lacked gender parity.

He thus stressed the need for the media to ensure that politicians implemented what he described as women-parity policies in view of the fact that journalists had a duty to follow up these policies until the needed goals were achieved.

By Eunice Asante

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