The need for increased equitable female political participation in Ghana is a genuine concern to all key stakeholders dedicated to women’s rights promotion.
ABANTU for Development, with support from African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), has, therefore, embarked on a nationwide campaign to strengthen advocacy for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into Law in Ghana.
Ghana, like many democracies, faces the challenge of identifying and implementing strategies for levelling the equal representation of women and men in public decision-making.
Barriers such as bias in institutional structures, socio-cultural attitudes, and practices have worked against women’s quest for equal participation in politics and decision-making.
Attempts to support women’s agency to address the inequalities have been largely ignored by policymakers who must act to support women’s rights. Efforts in Ghana, including civic education, have not significantly changed the situation.
This is in spite of the fact that Ghana has signed on to various protocols and conventions to ensure women’s equal participation in decision making spaces.
Ghana is a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which provides that parties must take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country.
In particular, women are to be promoted on equal terms with men, have the right to participate in the formulation of government policy and the implementation thereof and to hold public office and perform all public functions at all levels of government.