Gender Equality & Ghana

Regular readers will know that I am an enthusiastic supporter of the charity WomanKind.  We also have plans to deliver RenewYou to women in Ghana (on hold temporarily but not forgotten) so I was thrilled to read this recently in their regular updates:

Progress in Ghana Towards Affirmative Action and Women’s Leadership

Programmes Manager, Catherine Klirodotakou, has just returned from a visit to Ghana where she met with our partners, Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre) and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF-Ghana).

The main reason for the visit was to monitor the progress of two projects that Womankind currently supports in Ghana – The Affirmative Action Campaign, and a programme set up in 2012 with a grant from Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW). Both these projects work to enhance women’s leadership and political participation in Ghana.

Progress towards Affirmative Action

The Affirmative Action Campaign is pushing for a law that enforces a 30% representation of women in all public institutions and offices. Our partner WiLDAF has played an integral part in the campaign, which has gained momentum in the last few years. The government established a committee to draft the Bill, which WiLDAF was invited to sit on, and a draft bill has been prepared for parliament.

Strong support from civil society is vital in pushing for the passing of the Affirmative Action Bill, so WiLDAF is working to filter awareness down to the local communities. It recently organised a training session with 30 of the most influential queen mothers from six different regions, to sensitise them on the bill and how they can influence the passing of it. Queen mothers are the most powerful women in traditional governance. Relatives of the chiefs, they oversee the welfare of the community, so act as agents for change at a local level but also have influence at the top.

WiLDAF also works with the Coalitions of Women in Governance (COWIGs) – bodies established by WiLDAF and made up of men, women and youth from communities representing different sections of civil society- and journalists, to rally support for the bill and promote more positive media coverage. To date, 31 COWIGs, journalists and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been trained to become ambassadors in their fields for the Affirmative Action Bill.

Find out more about WiLDAF’s work here.

And you can find out about the RenewYou trainers project here.

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Posted on August 11th, 2014 by

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