The minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has mounted a spirited defense of President Akufo-Addo, following the backlash over some comments he made at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference.
Oppong Nkrumah said the president only sought to make a point about the need for women to step up and forcefully fight for what it matters most, adding that his comments have been misconstrued.
President Akufo-Addo, at the conference, among other things, said despite giving women more opportunities in his government, there was a need for more of a push from women themselves to take hold of political power.
Speaking in an interview on Eyewitness News, Oppong Nkrumah was of the view that the president’s commitment to gender parity cannot be questioned.
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He also disclosed that in a build-up to the 2008 general elections, President Akufo-Addo, as a result of his commitment to promoting the interest of women in the country first considered a woman for the position of vice-presidential candidate.
“The president has been one of our strongest champions for gender parity in our public life. In 2008, when he was selecting a vice-presidential candidate, his first choice was a woman. In 2012 he was the one who argued that women potential candidates in the NPP should be protected and should be given less of a fee to pay when they contest.
He has been the president who has appointed the largest number of women in his administration, the numbers are all there. His commitment to gender parity is not in question,” the Information minister argued.
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The Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi, also explained that the President’s comment did not seek to discredit the efforts made by women.
Some gender activists at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Canada were not enthused with President Akufo-Addo’s submission on women empowerment in Ghana.
The president, at the conference, had said despite the majority being women in Ghana, not much political and social action had been witnessed in their push for greater inclusion in Ghana’s political administration.
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