As the world observes International Women’s Day, the founder and leader of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil, has impelled Ghanaian women to be “ambitious, courageous and fearless” in their quest to succeed in life.
In a tweet to commemorate the day, the renowned preacher said : “Women are an integral part of our societies and we celebrate all women today. To every woman, I encourage you to be ambitious, courageous and fearless!”
This year’s celebration is under the theme: “Press for Progress”.
Discrimination Against Women
It is believed the tweet from the man of God is to challenge women to rise against all sorts of violence against them in the society.
Across the world, statistics show that women mostly suffer sexual abuse and discrimination, domestic violence and wage gap.
In Spain for instance, more than 5 million workers have taken part in Spain’s first nationwide “feminist strike” that is seeking to end discrimination against the female specie.
The two-hour walkouts on Thursday afternoon, according to the Workers’ Commissions and the Workers’ General Union in Spain said that the protest that saw about 5.3 million people described the action as “unprecedented” because the strike was supported by some of Spain’s best-known female politicians, including Madrid’s mayor, Manuela Carmena, and the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.
Same could have happened in Ghana since the country cannot be isolated from the cases of women abuse.
In Ghana, Civil Society groups and some top female officials are pushing for the enactment of Affirmative Action bill which has been in Parliament for some years without any consideration.
Today, the National Chairperson for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah, in an interview with Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ 93.1MHZ 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.”
Story by: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com