‘Include Gender issues in Political Parties’
The Ghanaian Times,
Gender activist groups yesterday took political parties in the country to task, demanding that the parties ensure that women’s development related issues be mainstreamed in their manifestos for December general elections. The group said there was the need for their parties to show demonstrable commitment towards empowering women through clear cut policies.
The leaders of ABANTU for Development and Women in Broadcasting, made the call at a roundtable discussion with representatives of political parties in
It comes in the wake of initiative of the various parties to develop their manifestos for the 2008 election.
Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin, Executive Director of ABANTU, urged the political parties to let the Women’s Manifesto guide them in developing their manifestos in addressing gender issues. She said although civil society was assisting to enhance women’s participation in politics and governance, the political parties must be at the forefront of such initiatives to empower women in politics.
Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye, Director of the
She suggested that instead of devoting a few paragraphs in the manifestos to women issues, the parties should indicate clearly in all paragraphs how women development would be fused in every development programme. That, she said was necessary because all the sectors of the economy have gender dimensions, which should be adequately addressed. She also asked the parties to consider the demands of the Women’s Manifestos which articulates critical concerns of women in