In the wake of the brouhaha that followed President Akufo-Addo's utternaces at the International Women Deliver Conference in Canada, Communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has sprung to the defence of her boss.
The Communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has attacked women's rights advocates and feminists who in her words do "armchair feminism", in the wake of the criticisms faced by President Nana Akufo-Addo from feminists.
According to Owusu-Ekuful, most women's activists and feminists are only good at criticising on social media when things go wrong but never “get their feet dirty” to achieve the changes they’re looking for.
The minister who has also described herself as a feminist in the past, was quoted as saying: “As for the armchair feminism, it doesn’t change anything. It may make for nice sound bites but after the next election if we’re not careful we will still be hovering around 13-15% (of women in Parliament).
"And what would we have achieved? Nothing. It is not the noise that will effect change, we’ve done it all, we’ve done the advocacy but we realized that it was not enough.
We need to be out there working side-by-side with our male colleagues to ensure that we encourage more women…”
Owusu-Ekuful noted that that the president's argument only sought to issue a clarion call to the ‘dead women advocacy’ in the country.
In defence of the president, Owusu-Ekuful among other things noted that without a critical mass of women in decision making we can’t effectively make changes.
President Akufo-Addo as one of the speakers at the Women Deliver Conference in Canada on June 2, 2019, made the observation that he was yet to see activism and dynamism on the part of women in winning and wielding political power for the good of their gender.
Not many took the president's comments well including one of the panelists on stage, Dr Elaa Murabit.
In Ghana, feminists have also criticised the president's comments, especially on social media.
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