A cross section of stakeholders in the ongoing roundtable discussions in the Greater Accra region.
Women make up 52% of the total population in Ghana and play significant roles in the socio-economic development of the nation. However, the overall participation of women in formal and informal sectors of the economy as well as in politics and public life is relatively low.
Gender inequality is pervasive on all counts. This is attributable to a number of reasons which include deep seated patriarchal norms which impact on stereotypes and influence perceptions of women’s capabilities and roles.
The Government of Ghana has worked at providing the legal and policy frameworks for the promotion and protection of women’s rights at all levels. However, there are still serious challenges due to lack of implementation of these policies arising from the lack of political will, insufficient directives to the relevant agencies, logistical and human resource challenges among several other reasons.
Consequently, Ghanaian women continue to be marginalized and discriminated against in several spheres of social, political, and economic endeavours.
As part of its advocacy to promote gender responsive reforms especially at the community and district levels; the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) in partnership with Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre) and Alliance for Women in Media Africa (AWMA) is implementing a project titled ‘Rural Women’s Rights and Voice Initiative (RUWORAVI) in the Goma East District of the Central Region.
The project supported by the Commonwealth Foundation seeks to empower rural women by strengthening their collective voices to engage and influence policy spaces at all levels. The project which started in October 2019 ends on 30th November 2020.
Since its inception, the project has worked with trained beneficiaries to engage women and community leaders in the three (3) electoral areas in the district to promote women and girls’ empowerment including discussing critical issues of concern to women.
The rationale for the roundtable is to explore entry points for the project’s trained beneficiaries to engage key actors to influence gender-responsive reforms in the district.
The objectives of the roundtable discussions are:
Discuss key issues of concern to women and girls in the district;
Increase awareness on women and girls’ rights;
Identify entry points for engagement.
The meeting will bring together thirty-five (35) participants made up of assembly members and officials, traditional and religious leaders, and heads of departments in the district. The meeting will take place on Thursday, 29th October, 2020 in Accra.
The meeting will adopt a participatory approach which will enable interactive discussions among participants. Tools to be used include presentations and plenary discussions.
The following outcomes are expected at the end of the meeting:
Entry points identified for the promotion of the rights and interests of women and girls in the district identified by stakeholders;
Stakeholders’ committed to the empowerment of women and girls in the district.
Source: Alliance for Women in Media Africa