Thursday, April 22, 2010

NDC WOMEN EMBARK ON MEMBERSHIP DRIVE (PAGE 21, APRIL 22, 2010)

The women’s wing of the National Democratic Congress has decided to embark on a massive membership drive in all tertiary institutions across the country to rally support for the party.
The initiative by the women’s wing is also to help empower women in the tertiary institutions to get involved in the political process of the country and whip up their interest in mainstream politics.
The National Women’s Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ms Anita De-Souso, said this at an educative and political forum organised by the women’s commission of the University of Ghana, Legon branch of the Tertiary Education Network (TEIN) of the NDC at the university campus.
The forum was on the theme: “Empowering Women for the Better Ghana Agenda”.
Ms De-Souso said the forum was organised as part of the party’s objectives to enable more women to be in the forefront of national politics, adding that the women’s wing of the party had also set up the necessary structures to help the rank and file of the wing to unleash their potential and interests in politics.
She stated further that the women’s wing of the party would also involve the women’s commission of the TEIN in all its activities as a way of building their capacities and confidence to actively participate in mainstream politics.
The NDC National Women’s Organiser called on the rank and file of the women’s wing of the party to intensify their campaign by educating their counterparts on the government’s policies and programmes, and also to rally behind it to achieve the ‘Better Ghana Agenda’.
Mr Kofi Adams, a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC and Spokesperson for former President Rawlings, for his part, said the party had set up structures to ensure that women’s participation in politics was greatly improved.
Dr Hanna Bissiw, a Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Water Resources, debunked the notion and assertion that “women are their own enemies”.
According to her, the reason why many women shunned mainstream politics was that they had not been given equal opportunity to participate in national programmes, and noted that this was what the NDC government wanted to change and encourage more women to be involved in the decision-making process by standing for election.
Dr Bissiw said the NDC manifesto was also committed to ensuring active women participation at all levels of governance, and therefore, the government would do all within its power to increase women’s representation at all levels of the decision making process of the country by strengthening public institutions such as the Department of Women to live up to that mandate.
Ms Joyce Kporvie Ametor, the Women’s Organiser of the University of Ghana, Legon branch of the TEIN of the NDC, had earlier in her welcoming address, said the NDC manifesto wanted to achieve 40 per cent representation of women in the decision making process but the party could not make it.
She, therefore, suggested that women should be groomed right from the grassroots level by encouraging them to take up positions during the decision making process and also get involved in the local level of governance by contesting the assembly election.
Other speakers at the forum were Mrs Gifty Emefa Nartey, the Greater Accra NDC Regional Vice Chairperson, Dr Kofi Hayford, National Executive Committee member of the NDC, and Mrs Sophia Mantey, Member of the University of Ghana Workers Caucus of the NDC.
Participants at the forum stressed the need for more women to be appointed to certain positions at the decision making level since no meaningful development could take place without women.

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