- Women’s participation in politics in Ghana is low, both at local and the national level
- But there is hope that some day in the future, Ghana will have her first female president and YEN.com.gh has four possible candidates
Ghana’s democracy has come very far in the last six decades. Since gaining Independence in 1957, the country’s democracy has progressed year after year.
Having overcome the initial instability that arose due to coup d’etats, Ghana is now angling at achieving equal gender representation in its political terrain.
There is still a long way to go but, currently, some women have managed to break the barrier to get into Parliament.
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The next step now will be to have Ghana’s first female president. This may look far-fetched but it is very possible.
Below are four women who can be president of Ghana in the future:
1. Zanetor Rawlings
Zanetor Rawlings is the eldest daughter of former Ghana president, Jerry John Rawlings and is gradually following in the footsteps of her father.
The 40-year-old is currently the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Klottey Korley constituency in the Greater Accra region.
She is regarded by many as a future flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) due to her sharp rise in the political terrain.
Indeed, some have even claimed that she is being lined up to be John Mahama’s running-mate for the 2020 general elections.
2. Hanna Tetteh
Perhaps the most experienced woman in Ghana politics currently, Hanna Tetteh is another person who could rise to become president.
The 51-year-old lawyer worked in different capacities under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
Ms. Tetteh served as the Minister for Trade and Industry under the John Atta Mills administration, before again occupying the position of Foreign Affairs Minister under the Mahama government.
She was also once the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West constituency and is currently the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).
3. Adwoa Safo
As far as successful female politicians in Ghana go, Sarah Adwoa Safo is one who cannot be ignored or underrated.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) member is currently the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya constituency.
She is also an entrepreneur and a graduate of the George Washington University, and currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader of Parliament.
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Despite entering Parliament just seven years ago, Madam Safo is one of the most vocal voices in the House as far as women are concerned.
4. Hawa Koomson
Ghanaian politician and educationist Mavis Hawa koomson is another very experience woman in the political terrain.
She holds a diploma and a bachelor's degree in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba.
She also holds a masters, postgraduate diploma in public administration (CPA) and postgraduate diploma in public administration(DPA) from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(GIMPA).
Ms. Koomson is currently the Member of Parliament for Awutu-Senya East and also serves as Minister of Special Development Initiative.
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