As part of gestures to mark International Women’s Day, former first lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has been commended by some Members of Parliament (MPs) for her bold decision to contest in the 2016 presidential election.
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Sixty-seven year old Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings was the first woman ever to run for Ghana's top office and was even regarded by international media as the “Hilary Clinton of Ghana.”
Although she lost by a wide margin, there is no doubt that she has paved the way for other women to vie for the position or be confident enough to apply for positions usually held by men.
The MPs added that this year’s theme, ‘Be Bold For Change’ further gave credence to her resolve to vie for the highest position of the land.
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The MPs also dedicated this year’s celebration of Women’s Day to the Chief Justice of the country, Justice Theodora Wood, for the professional and impartial manner in which she discharged her duties to ensure the socio-economic development of the country.
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba, who made a statement on the floor of Parliament in commemoration of the day on Wednesday, called on Parliament to quickly pass the Affirmative Action Bill into law to empower women in Ghana.
She said the draft bill seeks to promote gender equality in all spheres of national development and added that women are not in competition with men but to complement them.
“I will ensure that the draft bill is finalized and brought to this House for approval,” she said