Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Women must insist on rights-Deputy IGP

Women must insist on rights-Deputy IGP

The Ghanaian Times, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Page 18 (News)

By Times Reporter

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Elizabeth Mills-Robertson, has charged women to refuse to accept the status quo; they should ask questions.

She said it was about time women changed the way they perceived themselves and other women, saying, “Let us not take lightly, our human dignity. You are an inferior being because you are women?- No, it is not true.”

Mrs. Mills-Robertson said this when she addressed a forum organised by the Women’s Desk of the research department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Accra on Friday, to mark International Women’s Day which fell on Saturday, March 8.

It was also addressed by the Director of Immigration, Elizabeth Adjei and the Chief Director of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ellen Nee Whang. “Women should be seen as the hope and engine of growth and development in homes, places of work, society and country.”

Mrs. Mills-Robertson called on women to rise up and fight against the perception that they are sex objects who should be treated with contempt. She entreated women who were senior in age, social standing and rank to make it a point to encourage their colleagues and subordinates.

Ms Adjei, tracing the contribution of women in national development from the biblical days to this period, said there was so much potential in women which remained untapped. She, therefore, called on women not to be content with their achievements but to strive for excellence.

On her part, Mrs. Nee Whang, stated that it would not be long before the fight for equality would be won. She advised them to remain focused and continue to play meaningful roles in the development of the country.

Mrs. Priscilla Ankomah, head of the Women Desk, explained that the forum was organised to draw attention to the need to recognise the capabilities of women.

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