Nobody should go through the kind of vetting I went through again - Otiko Djaba

Nobody should go through the kind of vetting I went through again - Otiko Djaba

Her vetting was arguably one of the most talked about, due to volatile statements she made last year during the election campaign and her approval was left hanging for a relatively long time.

However, Ms. Otiko Djaba was eventually sworn in as the minister for Children, Gender and Social Protection and has resumed work.

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No woman should go through the kind of vetting I went through again - Otiko Djaba

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Her vetting generated conversations about how unsuitable she was for a position as sensitive as the one she was nominated for. Issues about her life, family and occupational background all became matters of public discussion.

In a new interview with Joy News, Ms. Djaba has expressed her disgust at how she was handled as a woman who was vying for a public position. To her, the Ghanaian society is yet to accept women as co-equals rather than subordinates.

"Men must respect women. If Ghana is to accelerate and develop at a fast rate, we must have women as partners and not subordinates. Nobody should go through that kind of vetting again.

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"It is okay for women to be bold. Our men and women must accept the new Ghanaian woman; she must be confident, she must understand issues and she must be able to stand her ground and say what she wants to say," she said.

No woman should go through the kind of vetting I went through again - Otiko Djaba

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She has also been criticised for her hairstyle; that it is not befitting of a woman of her calibre and status in society.

To this, Ms. Djaba said her hair does not affect the pertinent issues affecting Ghanaians like the price of food or the level of poverty in Ghana. However she feels her funky hairstyle draws her closer to the youth who are one the key groups she will work with in her ministry.

Watch the full video of her interview below.

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