A midterm review of Government’s Gender Agenda has been held in Accra with a commitment to achieve equality, women and girls empowerment and the full realization of their human rights.
The gender Agenda is essential to achieving sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development.
The Midterm review of the Gender Agenda covered the period February 2013 to November, 2015.
The Minister for Gender, children and social protection, Nana Oye Lithur who gave a midterm report on Government’s Gender Agenda, reiterated the need for gender mainstreaming, including targeted actions and investments in the formulation and implementation of all financial, economic, environmental and social policies.
She said Government is committed to continue adopting and strengthening sound policies and enforceable legislation and transformative actions for the promotion of gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment at all levels, to ensure women’s equal rights, access and opportunities for participation and leadership in the economy and to eliminate gender-based violence and discrimination in all its forms.
Mrs. Lithur called on all to come together to continue to push for gender equality and the empowerment of women in Ghana.
According to Gender, Minister Ghana’s Gender Agenda is based on the development agenda of Ghana as stated in the Shared Growth and Development Agenda (SGDA): “the dividends of growth must benefit all Ghanaians , irrespective of gender, location, socioeconomic and physical status”.
As a result the Gender Ministry has since 2013, worked to mainstream gender issues in the national development agenda.
Nana Oye Lithur’s report mentioned the National Gender Policy, Child and Family Welfare Policy, Adoption and Foster Care Regulations, National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS), Affirmative Action Bill, Intestate Succession and Property Rights of Spouses Bills and the Domestic Violence Law and said the Government through these policies and laws is creating the appropriate legal regime for mainstreaming of gender into the country’s socio-economic development.
Nana Oye mentioned some of the projects the Ministry has undertaken over the last two years as Ending Witchcraft Accusations and Human Rights Violations, Female Genital Mutilation, Shelter Homes and the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP)
There were presentations on Promoting the Gender Agenda, an Assessment by Professor Akua Britwum, Convener –Network for Women’s Right; Achieving Gender Equality in Ghana; An Assessment by a Male Activist- Mr. Mawuli Dake of MOREMI Initiative.