Joe Osei-Owusu rejects suggestion of reserving 75 seats for women in Parliament (Video)

Joe Osei-Owusu rejects suggestion of reserving 75 seats for women in Parliament (Video)

The chairman of the appointments committee of parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, has said he does not believe in creating quotas for women in political office adding that in his personal capacity, he would not let go of his portfolios for a woman.

The Member of Parliament (MP) Bekwai stated his position during the vetting of the Deputy Minister-designate Lands and Natural Resources, Naana Eyiah Quansah.

Quansah had expressed hope that in order to encourage more women into serving the country in political positions, it was prudent to reserve at least, 75 constituency seats for women.

But Osei-Owusu pushed back against the suggestion referring to an affirmative action-styled police as "pampering" of women.

He added to his critique a challenge to Ghanaian women in parliament to work much harder if they have aspirations to assume any of his political portfolios.

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Joseph Osei-Owusu who doubles as first deputy speaker of Parliament, said although he agreed with the sentiments of getting women into politics, he believed power should be earned through hard work and competition.

He argued that Ghanaian women have had sufficient support in politics for which reason they did not need a quota in Parliament.

“I’m not willing to give my seat to any woman. If she deserves it she can compete… I think women have had sufficient support and they say what men can do, they can do better," he said in the video sighted by

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