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General News of Saturday, 9 March 2019

Source: Pulse.com.gh

Meet the 36 female MPs in Ghana's Parliament

Statistics from the population and housing census puts Ghana's female population at 51%.

Currently, there are 36 women in Ghana's parliament and this represents 12.75 percent from both the majority and minority sides, a clear short of the 30 percent representation set by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The figure is an increase of 7, as against the election 2012 figure of 29, where 133 women contested 102 parliamentary seats.

Yet females are underrepresented in Ghana's legislature.

The figure is worse and lacks representation regionally.

Though the figure represents a slight increase from 29, some gender activists have complained that women's representation in the Legislature was still low, as it still fell short of the minimum UN recommended threshold of 30 per cent requirement, that was deemed satisfactory by activists at the Beijing Conference of 1995.

Indeed, women's representation in Parliament has not been impressive since the country returned to constitutional rule in 1993.

The First Parliament of the Fourth Republic had 16 women out of the 200 MPs, and the Second, Third and Fourth parliaments, saw a slight increase in the number of female parliamentarians.

Below is a list of female MPs who form part of the 7th Parliament of Ghana's 4th Republic.

Name of MP - Political party - Constituency

Felicia Adjei - NDC -Kintampo South MP

Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah - NPP - Weija Gbawe

Sophia Karen Ackuaku - NDC - Domeabra/Obom

Shirley Ayorkor Botchway - NPP - Anyaa Sowutuom

Sarah Adwoa Safo - NPP - Dome-Kwabenya

Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie - NPP - Ablekuma North

Ursula Owusu Ekuful - NPP - Ablekuma West

Dr. Zanetor Rawlings - NDC - Klottey Korle

Elizabeth Afoley Quaye - NPP - Krowor

Linda Obenewaa Akweley Ocloo - NDC - Shai Osudoku

Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah - NDC - Ada East

Nana Dokua Asiamah Adjei - NPP - Akropong

Mercy Adu-Gyamfi - NPP - Akwatia

Gifty Twum Ampofo - NPP - Abuakwa North

Abena Osei Asare - NPP - Atiwa East

Betty Mensah Nana Afua Krosby - NDC - Afram Plains North

Joyce Adwoa Akoh Dei - NPP - Bosome Freho

Ama Pomaa Boateng - NPP - Juaben

Francisca Oteng Mensah - NPP - Kwabre East

Patricia Appiagyei - NPP - Asokwa

Barbara Asher Ayisi - NPP - Cape Coast North

Queenstar Ama Pokua Sawyerr - NDC - Agona East

Naana Eyiah Quansah - NPP - Gomoa Central

Cynthia Maamle Morrison - NPP - Agona West

Abena Durowaa Mensah - NPP - Assin North

Mavis Hawa Koomson - NPP - Awutu Senya East

Ayamba Laddi Ayii - NDC - Pusiga

Joycelyn Tetteh - NDC - North Dayi

Della Sowah - NDC - Kpando

Helen Adjoa Ntoso - NDC - Krachi West

Angela Oforiwaa Alorwu Tay - NDC - Afadjato South

Bernice Adiku Heloo - NDC - Hohoe

Hajia Alima Mahama - NPP - Nalerigu/Gambaga

Catherine Abelema Afeku - NPP - Evalue Ajomoro- Gwira

Barbara Oteng-Gyasi - NPP - Prestea Huni Valley

Freda Prempeh - NPP - Tano North

Lydia Seyram Alhassan - NPP - Ayasaso West Wuogon