A sensitization workshop to discuss the National Gender Policy in order to be informed about the roles to achieve the objectives of the policy has taken place in Accra.


Representatives from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) attended the workshop which formed part of efforts by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) to strategize towards achieving the goal and objectives of the policy.


Participants at the workshop deliberated on the components of the policy and the formulation of effective strategies that will promote gender equality, equity and women’s empowerment at all levels and sectors.


It was organized by the Department of Gender, a Department under MoGCSP, with funding support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


In an address to welcome participants to the workshop in Accra, yesterday, the Acting Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs Comfort Asare, said gender equality and women’s empowerment were strategies for reducing poverty levels, and social injustices among women and men, improving health standards and enhancing efficiency of public and private sector investments, and domestic finance.


Achieving gender equality, Mrs Asare said, was regarded as the attainment of human rights and a pre-requisite for sustainable development.


She added that Ghana’s goal towards achieving gender equality targets were guided by its obligations to International Instruments, the 1992 Constitution, specifically, article 17(1) and (2) which guaranteed gender equality and freedom of women and men, and girls and boys from discrimination on the basis of social or economic status among others.


She urged all participants and stakeholders to incorporate gender-related programmes in the annual work plans with adequate funding for the years ahead.


In a statement, She-Vera Anzagira, Project Co-ordinator, End Child Marriage Project, Actionaid, noted that the full implementation of the policy would create a better society for all.


For his part, Mr Faisal Bawa, UNFPA, said the overall goal of the National Gender Policy was to mainstream gender equality concerns into the national development processes by improving the social, legal, civic, political, economic and socio-cultural conditions of the people of Ghana, particularly women, girls, children, the vulnerable and people with special needs, persons with disability and the marginalized in society.


Mr Bawa disclosed that UNFPA had dedicated this year’s funding for the Ministry to the dissemination of the policy and the mainstreaming of gender in its activities, adding that, for over two years, UNFPA had forwarded more than 70 per cent of its resources to the regional and district levels.


Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)

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