The Community Development and Advocacy Centre (CODAC) on Wednesday started an advocacy forum on involving women in decision making structures in the Talensi-Nabdan District of the Upper East Region.

The objective of the project was to consolidate and sustain efforts of community based groups, especially women, for enhanced engagement with traditional authorities and local government agencies towards engendering local governance and gender equity.

Mr Bukari Issaku, Programmes Manager of CODAC, noted that as a result of various interventions by government and civil society organizations in the Region, the inclusion of individuals in political and traditional governance was widening.

He said women involvement in community and district level decision making structures was gradually improving and called for concerted efforts to get more women involved in the decision making process.

“The practice of including women in traditional authority decision making was non-existent. The situation is however changing with effort by civil society to get chiefs to include women”, he added.

He indicated that the Garu-Tempane District currently had 36 women involved in the decision making process of the chief’s council of elders, and said the practice needed to be replicated in other communities and districts in the Region.

Mr Issaku said Chiefs, elders, and opinion leaders in communities had acknowledged the need for women to be included in decision making structures, and said various women’s groups had been identified and were being trained to enhance their effective engagement with traditional authorities and local government agencies.

Mr Mohammed Kalif, Deputy Coordinating Director of the Talensi Nabdan District noted that the Assembly had commenced a project to train women on issues in water management.

He said the assembly had constituted a water and sanitation team headed by women to better manage the resource and other sanitation issues in the district.

The Chief of Tongo Beo, Be- Dana Naba Nabeo Anaba, called on CODAC to involve paramount chiefs in the programme so as to achieve good results and efficient implementation.

He called for an affirmative action for the involvement of more women in the decision making process at the traditional and district assembly levels.

Participants were drawn from Sepaat, Gorogo, Balungu, Yameriga and Tongo-Beo. They expressed delight to CODAC for the initiative and said they were ready to avail themselves to take up decision making positions in their communities.

The community Development and Advocacy Centre (CODAC) is aimed at amplifying the voice of the vulnerable and increasing accountability and responsiveness of government, traditional authorities and the private enterprises to Ghanaian citizens. GNA

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