Stop being hypocrites; Nana Addo has rather empowered us-Female appointees

Some female appointees under the Nana Addo’s led administration have defended him over his gender dynamism comments to women.

The female appointees at a press conference on Friday described critics of the president as hypocrites.

The female appointees said the president by his comment-encouraged women to do more.

The President at a recent conference in Canada suggested that not enough movement is being made by women to take up key positions in governance; and that although 30 per cent of his cabinet are women, they are not seeing enough dynamism and activism from the women.

But the comment has received criticism by civil society groups, individuals and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The female appointees told the media the president has support women empowerment hence cannot be attacked by critics who have misconstrued his comment.

Minister for Local government and rural development Hajia Alima Mahama said ”President Akufo-Addo did no wrong because he was calling on women to use their agency to amplify their voice in decision-making positions.

In her view, the president had championed and exhibited much commitment in empowering women.

”He has worked to ensure women are involved in major decision platform. But It is about time women push their numbers with their agenda” she said.

On her part, the Communications Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful said: ”The President has challenged us and we should take up that challenge. We thank him for waking us up to do more as women.”

She said: ”Lack of apolitical women movement to push the agenda of women is the cause of the woefully low number of women in frontline politics. There is no women’s movement in Ghana. We wasted our time, fought in the trenches and got to where we are now not by speaking big English. But for me, we should be the last generation of female frontline politicians to go through such struggles. We should start and speak a different language with a United front. Ghanaian women in politics need to be united under one big umbrella irrespective of their political affiliation to push for a greater inclusion in Ghana’s political administration.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway commenting on the issue said those criticising the President were only trying hard to score political points and must be ignored.

Also present at the briefing was the deputy minister for Information Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei and the National Coordinator at the 1D1F Secretariat, Ms Gifty Ohene Konadu.

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