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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given his full support to the HeForShe campaign, a global movement fighting for gender equality and women’s empowerment.


To that effect, President Akufo-Addo promised to pass the Affirmative Action bill which aims to increase women’s participation in political decision-making.


He also indicated his commitment to supporting policies that empowered women and girls, and to working with all actors to ensure gender equality became a reality in Ghana and across the continent.


Speaking at the national launch of the HeForShe campaign in Accra, yesterday, the president noted that it was important to recognize that gender equality and, for that matter, women’s equality with men was a prerequisite for development, adding that doing away with women in national development was a great disservice.


“Today, I commit to giving full support to the three-focus area of the HeForShe campaign action platform in Ghana, ... and I join millions around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality and say ‘I am a HeForShe,”  the President declared, and called on men and boys around the world to support the campaign.


President Akufo-Addo urged Members of Parliament to work in advancing the progress of women and girl rights across the nation.


He also called on traditional rulers who, he said, were the gatekeepers of the moral and traditional values, to work and tear down the barriers which prevented women and girls from being equal citizens.


The president threw an invitation to all Ghanaians to become champions of women’s rights and agents of change in and out of the borders of Ghana because inequality had an unbearable burden and cost on the economy, society and the development of the country.


In a welcome statement, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Afisa Otiko Djaba, urged parents to train their children to understand that boys and girls were equal.


Madam Djaba said the time had come to unleash the full potential of girls and women for the socio-economic development of the country.


The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare and the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, who were also present for the HeForShe national launch, signed up to be ambassadors while the Musicians Union of Ghana outdoored a song in support of the campaign.


Ghanaian actor, Kofi Adu, popularly known as Agya Koo, was outdoored as the ambassador of the HeForShe campaign.


Per his mandate, Mr Adu will tour all the ten regions of Ghana and advocate generally for the empowerment of women and the need for gender equality, with a focus on three areas, namely ending child marriage and negative cultural and traditional practices; increasing women’s participation and representation in political decision making; and increasing women’s economic empowerment.


Source: ISD (Abu Mubarik)