- The former minister says it was more hurtful to witness a gender advocate lose an election
- Betty-Mould Iddrisu is now the first vice chairman of the National Democratic Congress
Ghana’s first female Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Betty-Mould Iddrisu has revealed that the defeat of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump in the American elections of November 2016 was more hurtful to her than that of John Mahama.
Both elections were only a month apart with Ghana's happening in December of the same year. But Iddrisu served as a minister under John Mahama and is a staunch member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which lost the elections.
Speaking to Ghanaweb in an interview,the former Justice minister revealed that she actually wept bitterly over Mrs Clinton's defeat. Her pain stemmed from the defeat of the agenda of making a woman the most powerful person in the world.
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Betty-Mould Iddrisu believed that a Clinton victory would have been a massive plus for people like her who championed equal rights over the years.
She said: “… The defeat of Hillary Clinton… I wept that night as more than I wept when we were defeated”
Yes, I did.. Because for me as a gender person, I am totally gendered I know Hillary personally.. I have been following this fight of hers to climb to the top all the years when she was 1st lady of America”.
Iddrisu has been a gender rights champion advocate for over two decades. She said of the fight in Ghana: “Ghana has made progress despite our cultural and traditional environment over the past 40 years” regarding the issue of women in general.
She continued: “I would also want to say a word about women being empowered… about gender exclusion and inclusion… I want to say that we have come over long way from my time when I started out as assistant state attorney”.
Betty-Mouls Iddrisu is now the first vice chairman of the opposition NDC. She adds that apart from women's empowerment, she is looking to put her shoulders to the wheel to get the NDC into power in 2020.
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