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ActionAid Worried About Low Women Participation In Politics

By Danjima Yaro / Published on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 17:55 PM / No Comments / 575 views

ActionAidThe Bono-Ahafo Director of ActionAid Ghana, Mrs Christiana Amakye has decried the low participation of women in politics.

According to her, statistics have shown that, the level of women participation in politics in the world is low which she lamented does not inspire confidence and also defeats the women empowerment agenda.

Mrs Amakye was speaking at a workshop in Sunyani in the Bono-Ahafo region organised by ActionAid Ghana to support and encourage women who wished to contest in the district assembly elections slated for march next year.

The ActionAid director lamented that, out of the 27 municipal and district chief executives in the region, only 2 are women whilst out of the 29 parliamentary seats in the region, only 2 are represented by women.

This according to her is a major setback to our development as a country since women have a lot to offer in every aspect of human life.

She called on stakeholders to as a matter of urgency make an effort to bridge the disparity and also create a level playing ground for women to also contribute to national discourse.

Mrs Amakye mentioned some traditional beliefs and over-politicisation of our elections as some of the factors accounting for the low participation of women in political discourse.

She however, urged the women to contest in the upcoming district assembly and unit committee elections and also appealed to the electorate to consider voting massively for the women aspirants to represent their electoral areas at the district assembly level to contribute to decision-making in their respective districts.

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