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Impeachment of EC Boss: A Bad Move for Gender Equality

Impeachment of EC Boss: A Bad Move for Gender Equality published on

Is This How to Promote Gender Balance?

Chair of EC - Ghana
Chair of EC – Ghana

Do you know that a process to remove the Chair Person of the Electoral Commission of Ghana from office has been initiated by the Chief Justice?

But what are the reasons for this move by the ruling government and the Chief Justice? They are still not clear to most of us!

According to the electoral commissioner, Mrs Shallot Osei herself, she still doesn’t know her accusers! If this is true, where is the fairness?

Anyway, there are rumours that the petition for the impeachment of Madam Shallot Osei was sent to the President of the Republic by two drivers of the Electoral Commission – which is quite strange to me.

I’m just wondering what these drivers know about Ghana’s procurement processes; and how they managed to know that the process has been breached to warrant a petition for her removal. Because I hear one of the accusations is that she did not follow procurement procedures.

In my opinion, what is happening to this woman is not only about her; but all women in Ghana . It is a general attack on women’s right to political participation and our quest of gender equality in public life in Ghana.

It seems some people just don’t believe a beautiful woman can be competent enough to handle a top public office. That’s why her appointment was met with awful harassment and insults in the media.

I recall how her appointment was met with so much opposition simply because of her gender.

Indeed, she was maliciously accused of getting the position by offering sexual favours to the then president; regardless of the fact that she is a married woman.

All that some of us want is that the security and development of this nation must not be sacrificed on the altar of parochial interests.

The good book says: “All things are permissible but not all things are expedient.” The government may have all the powers to remove her, but to what effect?

Instead of trying to remove the EC Boss, who just organized a very successful election in 2016, the government should be making tangible efforts to cure the growing gender inequality in the country.

Written By:  Rose Mary Kayi

The Girl Child

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Empower A Girl!!

girl-childOn the International day of the girl child (11 October, 2016), we call on you and all to EMPOWER A GIRL today. We also call on government to do more to empower the girl child in Ghana in line with the country’s constitutional and international obligations.

Observance of the day begun since 11 October 2012, when the UN established the day to promote equal opportunity for the girl child and to raise awareness about inequalities faced by girls globally due to their gender.

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls”, in line with Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality.

By girl child, we mean a female below 18 years of age. And, according to the UN there are currently a total of 1.1 billion girls worldwide; many of whose situation needs so much to be desired or accepted.

Girls are young and vulnerable. They need protection and investment of time, money and love. So, “when we invest in girls’ health, safety, education and rights… we empower them to reach for their dreams and build better lives for themselves and their communities.”

In Ghana today, so much more still  needs to be done to save girls from the burden of:

  • Defilement
  • Child marriage
  • Child labour
  • Child trafficking
  • Domestic violence
  • Prostitution
  • Streetism
  • Dropping out of school due to poverty
  • And Low Self Esteem

Stand Ghana believes that no girl in Ghana deserves to be on the street selling or carrying other people’s loads in the market, or doing adult jobs, or getting married or enslaved in shrines when they should rather be obtaining quality education. Girls are supposed to be in school preparing for their future!  Girls’ Progress = Society’s Progress!!

Unequal Status Of Women Hindering Development In Ghana

Unequal Status Of Women Hindering Development In Ghana published on

WOMEN’S UNEQUAL STATUS  AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The unequal status of women and girls in the Ghanaian society is still a major hindrance to community development and progress.

Do you know that many women continue to be attacked verbally or physically for voicing their opinion on community and other societal issues?

It’s still generally believed in Ghana and other parts of Africa that women have no right to challenge authority. If you do the consequences can be dire for you and your family.

A vocal woman who just wants the good of his community is often tagged as behaving like a man, ‘too known’ or simply difficult and unbearable.

Thus, even if a woman feels strongly that certain things are not going well in her community she is unable to voice it out openly because the powers that be will not take it kindly.
Women therefore remain marginalised and excluded from key decision making groups, bodies and institutions; a situation which is slowing down the pace of development in most parts of the country.
Last week a certain gentleman complained to me that a lady in his neighbourhood (at New Mamprobi in Accra) is the cause of their plight – she is the reason why their road remains bad and without gutters. Her charge was that she confronted their Member of Parliament over lack of development in the area, and because of her actions the MP made sure the area (the particular street on which she resides) is excluded from current community road improvement and gutter construction projects. He lamented: “ the woman is not good at all, she thinks she is a man, in fact she is too difficult”.

I believe all that this woman wanted was the good of her community. But members of the community now see her as their enemy. They are actually upset with her – which is worrying.

Although article one of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…” this is hardly the case for most women today.

Community development ought to be a shared responsibility between men and women. We must understand that women’s voice only adds to the development of the area – it does not subtract from it.

The general perception that women’s opinion do not matter must change for Ghana to move forward faster.

ROSEMARY KAYI (Executive Director  – Stand Ghana – Advocates for Human Rights and Social Justice)

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