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Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate of the National Democratic Congress has said that the party will pass the Affirmative Action Bill into law if it returns to power after the December 7 polls.
According to her, this will enhance the participation of women in crucial decision-making roles.
She stated that the time has come for the country to eliminate barriers that prevent the progression of women in the nation.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang made the promise in a statement to celebrate the 2020 International Day of the Girl Child.
“We will pass into law the Affirmative Action Bill. We will execute our plan to provide free sanitary pads to girls in basic schools, and invest in infrastructure and teacher training to improve quality and access at that level of education.”
She also said the party will propose a bill to deal with sexual harassments.
“We will propose a bill to address sexual harassment in schools and elsewhere; we will operationalize support and protection programs for victims of domestic violence; and we will eliminate medical exam fees for survivors of sexual assault.”
Ghana’s Affirmative Action Bill, when passed will certainly require the government to ensure fair gender representation in all levels of administration and also decision-making in Ghana, as well as address various other social and also economic discrepancies.
The Affirmative Action bill when passed will influence women’s representation in the public service, ministerial appointments, independent constitutional bodies, boards of state institutions, security services, and political parties.
The bill has been in Parliament for many years even after it received a cabinet approval in 2016.
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Source: Ghana Waves