WOMEN IN GHANA’S PARLIAMENT ARE “ENDANGERED SPECIES” – HANNAH TETTEH

Hannah-Tetteh - Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP  Awutu-Senya West Constituency

Hannah-Tetteh – Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP Awutu-Senya West Constituency

Foreign Affairs Minister, Hannah Tetteh has described women in Ghana’s parliament as “endangered species”. Mrs Tetteh said female voices hardly affect discourse in Parliament adding that the situation affects the quality of legislation passed.

The minister who was speaking at a forum organized by the NGO ABANTU for Development at Dodowa in Greater Accra Region, cited the delay in the passage of women related bills as a sign that, male parliamentarians are not interested in the welfare of women in the country

“We have had the property rights of spouses bill that has been languishing in Parliament for a while now because there is no appetite for our male counterpart to push it forth,” she said.

She argues that the number of women in Parliament does not constitute 20 percent and as such, there was the need to have a female voice in every discussion.

She said female parliamentarians are “now going to have the affirmative action bill being sent to parliament” and won’t be surprised if it suffers the same faith as the spouses’ bill.

Mrs Tetteh underscored the importance of distinguishing partisan interest and fighting for the cause of women.

“Invariably if we are able to do that successfully, we will also be helping many more women not just to aspire to become members of parliament, but to win elections to become MPs,” she advised.

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