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General News of Thursday, 8 March 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

2018 International Women’s Day: CDD-Ghana urges women to participate actively in politics

As Ghana joins the world today to mark the International Women's Day, CDD-Ghana is urging and encouraging women to participate actively in politics, at all levels, and demand the adoption and implementation of policies and programmes that will unburden and transform the lives of women in the country.

With this year’s theme being “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives,” the center disclosed in a report that inequity is especially prevalent in women’s participation in politics, in spite of the policies introduced to increase women representation in key government offices.

According to CDD, Ghanaian women – both in the rural and urban settings – are confronted with peculiar challenges which threaten their socio-economic and political development. The findings further stated that in spite of the contributions of rural women to agricultural production and the economy, most agricultural and economic policies are not women-inclusive.

Hence, they continue to face diverse challenges, such as limited access to land, lack of access to credit, poor access to healthcare – particularly maternal healthcare.

CDD-Ghana, has therefore called on women-interest stakeholders, particularly the Government of Ghana, the Parliament of Ghana, the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection, civil society organizations, the media, and the public to intensify efforts at addressing challenges confronting women in Ghana.

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