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A development worker and Head of Programmes, Policy & Campaign at Norsaac, Hajia Hafsat Sei Sumani has called on government to hold on to his promise to include more women in governance.
Ms. Sumani who was having an exclusive interview on Sanatu Zambang’s Breakfast live, said that it is high time the Ghanaian populace especially the CSO community, spark discourse on women participation in governance.
She said the 2021 theme for the International Women Day which was celebrated recently, is a very good one. ‘Choose to Challenge’ is a broad theme, she said. Hajia Hafsat demonstrated how relevant and timely the theme was and called for discourse around women in leadership from now to next year.
Even though the number of women in Ghana’s parliament has improved, she charged Ghanaians especially women, to push for better representation.
‘‘We shall extend to other public and private institutions. This, will help in deriving policies that includes women.’’ Ms. Sumani added.
Celebrating the role played by women in promoting women in leadership, she said ‘‘I personally acknowledge the Sagnerigu MCE for her selflessness and constant push for women and women development.’’ Hajia Hafsat also recalled how responsive Hon. Mariam Iddrisu was during the COVID-19 spur.
‘‘I think she has done a lot for the municipality and I hope she transcends to higher positions in the political sphere. We need more of her type.’’ She added, while giving her accolades.
Hajia Hafsat also charged the president of the republic, to increase the number of female leaders in his second tenure of office. She applauded Akufo-Addo for supporting women and for that reason, called on him to be bold by choosing more females to lead.
‘‘Akufo-Addo should be bold to appoint at least four women as MMDCEs.’’ She said.
She clarified however that her stand is not due to her gender, but the fact that the few women in the political space have demonstrated that they can develop.
‘‘This is not because I am a woman, but I’ve seen what women leaders are capable of.’’ This she said that, if more women are given positions, at least, it will inspire young girls to work hard.
Going forward, if this is done, at least the parties will begin to elect women as executives and not just in cases of ‘women organizer’ ‘women commissioner’ etc.
She therefore called for challenging all institutions to make room for women to enter and of course, given the chance to effect change.