In partnership with Ministry of Women Affairs and Children, the International IDEA has supported the official launch of national consultations on an Affirmative Action Bill, on October 11, 2011 in Accra. The consultations aim to develop legislation that ensure equal participation and representation of women and men in positions of power and decision making at all levels.
Ms Teresa Nadia Abugah, Head of Women’s Desk, Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), has stressed the need to increase the participation of women in existing social dialogue structures, bemoaning the low number of women in key positions in the Trade Union structures.
Parliament has tasked African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to set-out components of Gender Budgeting as means of shaping government fiscal policy directives.
At the invitation of the Swiss Global Forum on Migration and Development GFMD 2011, Ghana chaired the GFMD workshop on “International Migrant Domestic workers at the Interface of Migration and Development”, as part of the Swiss GFMD Chair’s program of thematic meetings in various regions of the world.
Social Watch (SW), an international network of citizens devoted to eradication of poverty and an end to all forms of discrimination, which was established in 1995 had a two-day (7-8th September) workshop in Accra to improve the capacity of its members.
Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah, the only daughter of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, cut a slice of history when she became the first-ever female leader and chairperson of a political party in Ghana, after winning the chairmanship position of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) at its delegates congress in Accra.
Principles of equality and empowerment lie behind the encouragement of greater representation of women in all levels of government. Women are more likely than men to keep sight of the human dimension in problem-solving and to favour peaceful resolution of conflict.