- President Akufo-Addo has been heckled by a gender activist while making a submission
- The president’s comments at the Women Deliver Conference in Canada has led women activist in Ghana to call him out
Gender activists in Ghana and at the Women Deliver Conference in Canada have expressed displeasure at resident Akufo-Addo’s submission on women empowerment in Ghana.
Akufo-Addo opined during his submission that women in Ghana are not pushing enough for greater inclusion in the country’s politics.
“We are not seeing enough dynamism and activism on the part of those who are seeking. I am talking about dynamism where it matters…electing people to Parliament, controlling political parties because they are the instruments by which our societies make decisions.
“We are talking about decisions, not wishes and hopes, we are talking about decisions that are going to make the difference,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The president, however, noted that under his leadership for the past two and half years, the women component of his administration was about 30%, a figure he believed can be improved but that would depend more broadly on sustained women activism.
The comments by the president angered one of the female panelists, Dr Alaa Murabit, the UN’s High Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. She is seen in the video interrupting the president spontaneously.
She further urged President Akufo-Addo to “open the door” to women in Ghana whom she believed are qualified and empowered enough to participate prominently in his government.
Ghana’s president has been branded gender champion in Africa .
Akufo-Addo, meanwhile, was the first to appoint a female Chief of Staff in government. He is also on record to have a second female Chief Justice.
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