Explainer: Why Akufo-Addo is matchless in the area of women empowerment

Explainer: Why Akufo-Addo is matchless in the area of women empowerment

President Akufo-Addo has often been tagged as a gender champion, and rightly so, due to his impact in women empowerment.

Nana Addo remains the president to have had the most females as appointees in the history of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

However, he came under the spotlight for suggesting most Ghanaian women were not dynamic enough when it comes to taking leadership positions.

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Speaking at the Women Deliver Conference in Canada, the president said, although women make the majority of Ghana’s population, not much political action has been seen in their push for greater inclusion.

Although Nana Addo has been criticised by certain gender activists, the records show that he is matchless in the area of women empowerment.

Firstly, Nana Addo was the man who led the repeal of Criminal Libel Law. This opened the doors for journalists, gender advocates and feminists to freely express themselves.

As Attorney General under the Kufour administration, he ensured that all Ghanaians have an equal voice, including women.

Also, in terms of appointments, the Nana Addo government has more females in cabinet than any previous government ever managed.

The current NPP government has women leading as the sector ministers for the Foreign Affairs, Local Government & Rural Development, and Attorney General & Ministry of Justice.

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Again, Nana Addo has mentored many women in the political terrain who have developed to become great leaders in the country.

The likes of Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, Joyce Darko and Ablekuma West MP, Ursula Owusu were all mentored by the president at some point.

In terms of Ambassadors, too, the president has done his best to inspire women by appointing many of them in such roles.

Ghana’s Ambassadors to Germany, France, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Malta and Italy are all women.

Also, the country has women being Ambassadors to the Netherlands, Namibia, Kenya and South Korea.

These, plus the fact that Ghana’s Electoral Commission is also led by a woman, in the person of Madam Jean Mensa, typifies Nana Addo’s zeal towards women empowerment. 

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