President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his administration is putting in place policies and programmes to help empower women and girls in Ghana in a bid to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The president expressed strong optimism that the polices being implemented by government will encourage young girls to reach their full potentials.
The president who was speaking at a UNESCO Global Concert in New York, said because women account for 51 percent of the population of Ghana and in most countries “empowering them is critical to speeding up Africa’s progress.”
The implementation of the free SHS he added forms part of the efforts to encourage young girls in the country. He further said Ghana could have a female president if the needed policies are implemented.
“So as president of Ghana, as co-chair of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and as AU gender champion, I am committed to putting in place policies and programmes aimed at improving the development of the girl child in Ghana. I’m equally committed to ensuring access to a minimum of senior high school education for the girl child in Ghana; a policy that has already began to work.”
“I’m also committed to mobilizing support towards ending child marriage in Ghana and the whole of the African continent. Together we can achieve gender equality, empower the women and girls and achieve the global means of the sustainable development goals. And one day we are going to have a female president of Ghana,” he said.