The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has for the first time held an Annual Sector Performance Review Workshop (ASRP) to assess the sector’s performance related to the Millennium Development Goals over the past 15 years.
The performance review held in Accra was also to enable the Ministry set the agenda towards the development of a sector plan for the next 15 years to facilitate the implementation of the 17 Goals and 169 targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The ASRP was on the theme “Equal Opportunities for all by 2030: Protecting, Promoting, and ensuring the well-being and development of women, children, the vulnerable and excluded”.
Delivering the closing remarks at the end of the 2-day Workshop, the sector Minister Nana Oye Lithur explained that the overall objective of the performance review is to engage all stakeholders to discuss and critically appraise the sector’s performance, identify achievements, challenges and strategize for improved performance in the years ahead.
Nana Oye Lithur commended the discussants for outlining some critical issues that the ministry must focus its attention on for the years ahead. These include the need to situate the Ministry’s general mandate on Gender, Children and Social Protection within the Medium Term Development Policy framework at the local level and SDGs at the International level.
The discussants also called for a formidable partnership with all stakeholders in developing and implementing strategies to achieve SDGs. The ministry was charged to develop and implement strategies to provide support to women in politics in elections at all levels.
The Gender Ministry was urged to ensure the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill. Develop as well as implement sustainable financing mechanism to ensure sustainable implementation of its intervention.
Mrs. Lithur assured that the invaluable contributions and recommendations by the discussants will be used in shaping the Ministry’s strategies to ensure that it is able to effectively and efficiently implement, monitor and evaluate the policies, programmes developed in the areas of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The 2-day Workshop saw key presentations from the directors and heads of the departments within the Ministry and centered on their achievements, challenges and the way- forward.