‘Prioritize Passage Of Affirmative Action Bill’ – NCCE Boss Tells Parliament

The National Chairperson for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah, has called on Parliament to hasten the passage of the Affirmative Action bill into law.

According to her, the bill “which has gathered dust over the years”, when passed, will give women the opportunity to showcase their capabilities and also take part in decision making processes for national development.

In a statement to commend Ghanaian women as the world observes International Women’s Day, she observed that “the Affirmative Action Bill when passed will further bolden efforts to achieve gender parity.”

Madam Nkrumah therefore urged “the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana to prioritize the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill.”

“It is has now been possible for me to be Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education because many years ago, other gender activists fought for women inclusion. It is therefore a responsibility for me to ensure other women get equal opportunities to fully achieve their dreams,” the statement said.

The Affirmative Action law will promote gender equality in the country and increase representation and participation of women in governance, positions of power and decision-making.

Speaking on the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ on Thursday, she charged all women “to speak vehemently on the issue of the Affirmative Action Bill” to change the narrative on women capabilities.

She also noted that the passage of the bill will empower women so there is the need for women and other stakeholders to “press government, the Legislature and the Executive to ensure that [the] bill that is gathering dust over the years will finally be passed into law.”

“I think when it is passed into law, the  very important issues that affects women in the work place, both public and private can be addressed so that women can be empowered,” stressed the NCCE boss.

The theme for this year’s International Womens’ Day celebration is ‘Press for Progress’.

Read the full statement below:

I join all Ghanaians in celebrating the International Womens’ Day which is being held under the global theme; ‘PressforProgress’.

The International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, highlight the challenges women are confronted with and to celebrate the contributions of women to our democratic journey.

This year’s theme could not have been put any better. The #PressforProgress mantra is a call on all of us; cultural, social and democratic institutions and agents to review the progress made in enhancing the socio-economic fortunes of women and rededicate ourselves to enhancing further progress in all these areas. It is a call for more action.

I recognize and associate with the strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support for gender parity. Here in Ghana, we continue to see many more women lead transformation in various sectors – both private and public.

However, I am strongly convinced there is a lot more to be done. There is a clarion call on all stakeholders to pay meticulous attention to issues that hinder women from realizing their full potential.

We continue to hear reports of some women who are denied opportunities purely based on their gender. There are also many women in politics and public offices who suffer verbal abuse on gender related issues. Many women are still vulnerable to domestic violence.

While congratulating women who defy the odds daily to have their voices heard, I call on all Ghanaians to embrace a Collective Action and #pressforprogress towards empowering women because it is essential to our development efforts.

In addition to existing legislations, the Affirmative Action Bill when passed will further bolden efforts to achieve gender parity. I urge the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana to prioritize the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill.

It is has now been possible for me to be Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education because many years ago, other gender activists fought for women inclusion. It is therefore a responsibility for me to ensure other women get equal opportunities to fully achieve their dreams.

Congratulation to Ghanaian women.

Happy International Womens’ Day.

Josephine Nkrumah

Chairperson, NCCE

 

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