The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Thursday, 8th March, 2018, to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit, being held in New Dehli, India, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron.
The Summit, which is being attended by 25 Heads of State and Government, will provide a dedicated platform for co-operation amongst solar resource rich countries, aimed at realising “the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting the energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.”
The Summit will also result in the signing of a “New Delhi Declaration”, which will prioritise solar energy and, thereby, ensuring “power for all”.
Whilst in India, President Akufo-Addo will also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is expected to deepen the existing, cordial relations between Ghana and India, and will also present the two countries with an opportunity to define new areas of co-operation that would serve their mutual interests.
The President will return to Ghana on Monday, 12th March, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
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A former legislator under the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Madam Lucy Animwaa Annin, has revealed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, she was a month pregnant when she was incarcerated after Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s overthrow.
The former legislator for the Brong Ahafo region said, she spent over seven (7) months in jail and delivered her last child one month after her release.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwabena Agyapong, Madam Annin said, anyone who was an associate of Dr. Nkrumah was maltreated and majority of them were imprisoned including herself at a time ‘’I had missed my period. I was pregnant when I was imprisoned. I delivered my last born a month after I was released from jail.
She also revealed on the show that, Kanda Estate Number 10, where she was staying was seized and she had to stay with her uncle in a single room at Asafo in Kumasi.
According to her, in those days, the estates constructed by the late Nkrumah, were a rent, pay and own policy. ''You rent and pay then later, you are allowed to own the house.''
She said coffins and other offensive items were designed in Nkrumah’s name just to paint him black and get him out of office, a situation she lamented has caused us dearly.
‘’After Nkrumah was overthrown from office, I was arrested and incarcerated for 8 months. I had missed my period for a month at the time I was arrested. I delivered my last born a month after I was released. The MPs under Nkrumah were incarcerated at the James Fort Prisons. We lost all our properties because they seized everything from us. I was selling fish at the fishing harbour. I later ventured into the sale of doughnuts, cassava and other items,’’ she narrated
The late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was unfairly treated and his overthrow was borne out hatred people had for him, Madam Lucy Animwaa Annin has posited.
The former Member of Parliament for the people of Brong Ahafo on the ticket of the Convention People's Party (CPP) under ex-President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's regime, described Nkrumah as a patriot who served his country well.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah she added, was not after his selfish interest nor was he interested in amassing wealth for himself rather, he was interested in developing the country.
He further described him as a visionary leader who was God given but just like Jesus Christ was crucified after he was betrayed by his own disciple, the late Nkrumah was also betrayed and sacrificed because of some selfish few.
She was speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyapong on the occasion of the International Women’s Day which is marked globally on March 8.
The overthrow of Nkrumah she concluded has been the cause of our challenges and under development.
Former Member of Parliament for the people of Brong Ahafo on the ticket of the Convention People's Party (CPP) under ex-President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's regime, Madam Lucy Animwaa Annin says women were the frontrunners of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s independence agenda.
Speaking in an interview on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the former legislator said women contributed immensely to the independence struggle.
Madam Annin, said the contribution of women towards the growth of Ghana did not start today but during the independence era.
She said before Ghana became a republican state, five women were sworn into office as members of parliament following a legislation undertaken by the late Nkrumah.
Madam Lucy Animwaa Annin also disclosed that, she had missed her period for a month when Nkrumah was overthrown and spent 8 months in prison at a time she was pregnant and everything she had were seized from her among other persons.
She told the host that she started petty trading after her release from prison and sold items including cassava and doughnuts.
Madam Annin was speaking in commemoration of the 2018 International Women’s Day Celebration which is marked March 8 every year across the globe.
The role of women she noted cannot be underrated because they have creative minds and economically competent.
Women’s Unpaid Care Work, its Effects on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality; what we all have to do.
Dedicated to all women on this International Women's Day.
Unpaid care work is the production of goods and services in the household or community that are not sold for money. Domestic work such as cleaning, washing, water collection and cooking are all work done in the household. Care work can also include tasks such as taking care of children, the elderly and the sick.
Care work is carried in every part of the world including Ghana. The majority of it is done by women and girls and is mostly unpaid.
Care work is very critical in a society’s wellbeing and the proper functioning of communities because of its contribution to informal education the children in the family and the community derive from it.
Due to its private nature and non-monetary value, care work can be difficult to assess. Yet measuring unpaid care work is very important in understanding its economic contribution and the impact it has on the lives of both those who perform it and those who benefit from it.
The distribution of unpaid care work according to gender has a negative economic impact both at the local and the national levels. The time and opportunity costs of unpaid care work affect women’s ability to participate and advance in the formal labour sector and in the political sphere. The impact is felt more on women in poor areas due to their limited access to private services and time saving technologies (Gender Development Network,2014), Unpaid Care: A priority for the post-2015 Development goals and beyond.
Unpaid care work is a barrier to gender equality as it enforces discriminatory gender stereotypes that force women to stay in the home and limits their participation in public activities (SIDA Unpaid Care Brief). The unequal burden of unpaid care work on women, especially women in poverty, is a barrier to women’s full enjoyment of their human rights and this institutionalized inequality needs to be addressed by countries across the globe (Special Reporteur on extreme poverty and human rights,2013),UN.
The socially approved and rooted gender roles that denote women and girls as care providers weaken their rights, limit their opportunities, capabilities and choices, and so obstruct their empowerment. The large amount of time spent by women and girls on unpaid work means that their participation in civil, economic and social spheres and in public life is restricted. The negative effects of the lack of leisure time reduce women’s wellbeing (Eyben and Fontana 2011). Women in the paid labour market may also not be able to adequately substitute for their care responsibilities, therefore the care and development of those being cared for may suffer.
Increase in women’s paid work globally means that the supply of unpaid care work is reducing at a time when the demand is increasing. The increase is attributed to factors such as a rapidly ageing population and migration.
Unpaid care work is usually not seen across the public policy, whether in relation to intent, implementation or outcome. The impact of development policy is compromised when unpaid care concerns are not recognized and addressed. There is a large pool of evidence that shows the extent of unpaid care work women do, and its contribution to both the economy and human development outcome. Unpaid care work has a direct link to the economic empowerment of women. But the fact is that this evidence is not used to inform public policy. To use this evidence to inform public policy would mean recognizing the role of women in the provision of unpaid care work.
Sustainable Development Goal 5 calls for gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls by 2030, but significant imbalances still exist at work and in the home, holding back economic growth and global development. On the average, women spend three times longer than men every day caring for their children and performing household chores often in addition to paid work according to UN Women. This figure is even higher in low income countries, with the extra time spent on care work intensifying gender inequality. Surveys conducted for the report “State of World’s Fathers” which was released by campaign group MenCare ahead of Father’s Day on June 16, submit that this is perceived as harming both men and women, especially when it comes to parenthood.
Women in developing countries assume the greatest burden of unpaid care work. In sub-Sahara Africa, women spend three times longer on household chores and caregiving, while the figure 3.3 times in Latin America, 4.5 times in South Asia, according to figures from UN Women and Dalberg Development Advisors. Those figures relate to 2.2 in wealthier nations. The unequal distribution is linked to several factors including social norms, unequal pay and discrimination in the workplace, and laws and policies that made it difficult for women to work. These factors come together to reinforce the traditional notion that caregiving is “women’s work” (MenCare report).
The spread of globalization has created more opportunities for women to enter paid employment, but has not relieved them of their time spent on unpaid labour. While participating in the labour market, women who secure paid employment undertake the “double burden” of labour. Finding the ideal balance of paid and unpaid labour (what is commonly referred to as work life balance), is a constant struggle for women who are trying to create careers for themselves while raising children or caring for the elderly family members. Women have to constantly decide where to allocate their time and financial resources, which influences their ability to develop their own capabilities. This decision in turn affects their family’s relative standard of living as measured by national income accounting statistics. Because of social norms and expectations, the larger burden of unpaid work falls on women. Even if the male members of the household are available to perform the care work after they return from their paid job, it is more often seen that women take on more of the care work after they return home.
Time use surveys show that women spend more time doing unpaid work than men. With women spending more time providing unpaid domestic work than men, women also spending less time in the workforce, and therefore, bringing in lower incomes to the household. Because women are traditionally believed to bring in less income than men, women are discouraged from investing in education and skills. This further entrenches women into domestic unpaid work, creating a cycle of social norms that is difficult to break and strengthens gender inequality.
The phenomenon of having to work a full day in the workforce and then come home and complete a full day of domestic unpaid work, which is known as double burden, negatively affects women because it gives them less time to spend in the workforce, resulting in men dedicating more time to the workforce and therefore, likely getting promoted over women.
Investment into public infrastructure policies aimed at channeling public funds towards investment projects that create more efficient accessibility to resources are essential for lessening the burden of unpaid labour, particularly in developing countries such as Ghana.
The state’s role in providing quality affordable care services should not be overlooked. Since free child care would be ineffective at generating income for workers, the services need to be subsidized to ensure that workers are compensated for their labour and that families can afford to use their services.
Shortened work weeks, flexible paid leave and the ability to work from home are possible solutions to facilitate the redistribution of unpaid care work within the household. Governments and states should sponsor renewable energy resources for the purpose of reducing the amount of time women spend in collecting fuel.
Organizations such Actionaid Ghana and its partners have started with some magnificent advocacy programs in the northern part of Ghana especially, towards this regard to curb this unmerited living by women and girls. For example, in August 2017, ActionAid Ghana embarked on a project aimed at reducing the time women spend on unpaid care work and making it possible for them to engage in other productive activities to support their families in the Nangodi community in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region by constructing a Child Care Centre to reduce the burden of child care on women in the area. The construction of the centre forms part of ActionAid’s Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (POWER) project consequently, the government and other nongovernmental organizations should emulate such initiatives.
Michelle Bachelet once said, “Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women” therefore individuals in the communities especially the men should give support to women who make effort to add up to the workforce of their communities and Ghana at large thus contributing extensively to national growth and development.
However, the media as a stakeholder in this circumstance should also make available opportunities for themselves and resourced persons to use their platform in enlightening the public on the need to set a fair play ground for both men and women and also help promote industrial activities of the women in the community and Ghana as a whole.
Let me end by quoting the very renowned Hillary Clinton of the Unite States of America who said “When women participate in the economy, everyone benefits”
Let’s support women, let’s help reduce unpaid care work among women and girls in order to grow our nation and its economy.
Happy International Women's Day to All Women.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Spokesperson for the Ghana Olympics Committee (GOC), Mr. Charles Osei Asibey, has disclosed that the Ghanaian team competing in this year’s Commonwealth Games, are ready to travel to Australia.
Speaking to Rainbow Sports this morning, Mr. Charles Osei Asibey said all is set for “Team Ghana” to fly to Australia, adding that, they will leave the country on the 23 of this month.
He however noted that this year, all the participants will travel together and not in bits as they used to.
Again, all participants who are currently living abroad will join the team in Australia.
Meanwhile, as per a directive by the International Games Committee (IGC), which orders that all participants of the various disciplines go thorough medical examination, the committee has asked all athletes to be examined.
Explaining further, the spokesperson for GOC indicated that, following previous incidence of failing to examine athletes which sometimes prevented them from competing, the committee has decided to conduct medical examination for all participants.
He was quick to add that, a total number of (71) participants would be travelling to Australia and that would determine the total number of officials we will go with.
By: Adnan Osman (Intern,Rainbow Radio)
Member of Ghanaian Hiplife veteran group (4x4), Raphael Edem Avornyo known in showbiz circles as coded, has revealed that he once cheated on his wife and was caught.
He stated that he had an extra marital affair and his wife found out about it but accepted his fault, confessed and apologized to his wife.
Coded as he is affectionately called, made the revelation in an interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on the midmorning drive on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
He however indicated that the incident has made him learn not to disrespect his wife in any way.
Again, he has advised other male celebrities to draw the line when it comes to relating with their female fans, adding that it could land them in trouble.
Coded who currently has hit song titled “edey pain dem” to his credit, also assured his fans that 4x4 still remains one of the best groups in Ghana and will not be splitting anytime soon.
Story by: Festus A. Hammond
The Supreme Court has quashed a High Court decision that ordered the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to restore the resident and work permits of an Indian businessman, Mr Ashok Kumar Sivaram. In a unanimous decision on Thursday morning, the five-member panel of the Supreme Court, held that the High Court had no business to order the GIS to restore the permits because the businessman failed to exhaust the administrative process. The businessman, the court held, should have petitioned the Minister of Interior within 7 days after his permits were revoked by the GIS as stipulated by Section 46 of the Immigration Act , Act 573 before going to court. The High Court had no business to go into the case when the Minister had not been given the opportunity to hear a redress, the court held. he panel was presided over by Mr Justice Julius Ansah with Mr Justice A.A Benin, Mr Justice Sule Gbagegbe, Mr Justice Yaw Appau and Mr Justice Gabriel Pwamang as the other members. High Court decision In September, 2017, the High Court, presided over by Mrs Justice Naa Adoley Azu, ordered the Comptroller -General of the GIS, Mr Kwame Takyi to restore the businessman’s resident and work permits within 7 days. The High Court also ordered the GIS boss or any person working under his authority not to make any attempt to deport the businessman or “harass him in whatever shape or form’’ prior to the issuance of the permits. The court’s decision followed an application for mandamus filed by Mr Sivaram, which named Mr Takyi and the Minister of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, as respondents In the said application, the businessman wanted the court to compel the respondents to restore his residence and work permits, which were cancelled by the service following his deportation on June 1, 2017, on the basis that his deportation was quashed by the High Court on July 31, 2017. The said permits, valid for two years, were issued by the GIS to the businessman on November 24, 2016. Source:GraphicOnline
First daughter of Jerry John Rawlings-Ghana’s first republican president, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, says the decision to become a president for the republic, is not just for an individual running for an election, to decide but a resolution by the voting public.
He told Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyapong, on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, to become a president of Ghana does not just require the competence of the individual but also involves the choice of voters.
She also indicated that, her decision to contest the parliamentary seat was based on the decision by the people and the trust they had in her.
When asked if she would consider contesting as president in the near future based on the overwhelming support she received from her constituents she said, her primary aim is to provide great leadership for her constituents.
She stressed, it is difficult to say I would contest the presidential race in the future because it is not something I can decide I want to do. But if people want you to do something because they believe you can, they will support you. Until then, I will do the best I can do in my constituency.’’
Agyeman-Rawlings has led relief efforts to alleviate the plight of many victims of circumstance. In June 2015, she led a team to donate relief items to victims of the Goil Oil fire and flood disaster which took the lives of about 150 Ghanaians and displaced many. In March, 2014, Dr. Rawlings was a special guest of the exceptional Meeting of African Women in the framework of the crans-Montana Forum on Africa and the South-South Cooperation in Dakhla, which was aimed at promoting a more humane and impartial world.
She is currently the Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey constituency in the Greater Accra Regions.
On the International Women’s Day, the legislator believes ‘’the true and holistic progress of any nation depends on the status of its women in the society. Let’s close the gender gap and restore harmony and balance to the world.’’
According to her, ‘’In 2016, research showed that it would take 83 years to close the gender gap. By 2017, the number of years to close the gap had gone up to 100 years. We should be progressing not going backwards. The theme for international women’s day in 2018 is "Press for Progress!" Empowerment of women; equality; access to resources; respect of our human rights among other things are not simply a women’s issue, but a societal concern.’’
The Member of Parliament for Korley Klottey constituency, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, is advocating for more representation of women in Parliament.
The medical doctor by profession, told Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, we need more than 30 percent of women in parliament because the current 13.5 percent ''is inadequate''.
Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings said although we are doing well, we can do better because the number of women in Ghana’s parliament is not impressive.
More women she noted participated in the 2016 parliamentary race but only few got the opportunity to be elected.
She called for an affirmative action law to ensure gender parity.
Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings said, we need to move away from prejudice and give people the opportunity to serve based on their capabilities and not because of their gender.
‘’We have a long way to go. At the moment, we have about 13.5 percent of women in parliament. It’s unfortunate and compared to some other countries, we are not doing badly. But we should be doing better, we should be looking at least 30 percent,’’ she added.
Speaking on the need for women empowerment and progress for women development, the legislator underscored the need for women to collaborate with men when championing an agenda for women participation.
According to her, women cannot achieve progress with just the women hence the need to allow men to participate because issues that affect women affects society.
She said, ‘’empowerment of women does not mean we are pushing the men aside. We are trying to elevate the women to ensure that, women stand shoulder to shoulder with the men to achieve our goals. It is a collaboration between men and women.’’