Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.
It takes a daring woman to contest elections, hence the poor show of women in the district level elections in the Upper West Region.
Women in the Upper West Region are still faced with cultural, religious, social, economic and other challenges, which impede them from participating actively in elections.
Although several efforts have been done by government, nongovernmental organizations and other benevolent institutions to increase and encourage women participation in active politics in the district level election, much still need to be done to improve the situation.
Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional minister called on men and civil society organizations to support women to take part in the district level elections.
Deputy Regional Coordinating Director, Mr Adams Wahid on Monday 9th September, 2019 read the minister’s speech on his behalf during a National Sensitization Programme to increase women participation in the 2019 district level election.
The programme was organized by Institute of Local Government studies (ILGS) / National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (IMCC) and Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralization.
“It is also interesting to note that, article 248 clauses 2 of the 1992 Constitution makes the district assembly elections non-partisan, unlike the parliamentary elections which is a partisan one. The non-partisan nature of the local level elections should have been an incentive for women interested in participating in governance to take advantage of; however, that is not the case”, he added.
The Head of Research for National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Sheriff Amarh in mentioned that, women constitute 51.2% of Ghana’s population but only few showed interest in the district assembly elections.
He said organizing forums such as this would encourage women to take part in the upcoming election.
Women when given the opportunity he said are good in managing affairs though some cultural practices and financial problems are retarding women in taking part in the district level election and other leadership positions.