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NDC Gender, Children, and Social Protection Committee demands immediate release of nursing mother and parliamentary candidate, Phyllis Naa Koryoo Okunor

The Gender, Children, and Social Protection Committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has strongly condemned the recent arrest and detention of Hon. Phyllis Naa Koryoo Okunor, a breastfeeding nursing mother and the NDC's Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu Senya East.


The committee has labeled the arrest as unlawful and is calling for her immediate release.


In a statement, the committee emphasized that the police have no valid justification for the detention of Hon. Okunor, describing the Inspector General of Police's (IGP) actions as politically motivated harassment.


They argue that such actions by the police are unprofessional and detrimental to the efforts of fostering inclusivity and encouraging the participation of women in the nation's political and social dialogue.


"The unprofessional conduct and politicization of arrests and detention by the police undermine the national call for inclusion and participation of women in our political and national discourse," the statement read.


The NDC committee's call for action extends to various bodies and organizations, including the IGP, the Ghana Peace Council, human rights advocates, women’s groups, and civil society organizations.


They urge these entities to join in demanding the release of Hon. Phyllis Naa Koryoo Okunor, emphasizing the importance of upholding the rights and dignity of a nursing mother engaged in political service.


The hashtag #FreeNaaKoryooNow has been used to amplify their demand, reflecting a broader public outcry against what is perceived as an unjust and politically charged detention.


The committee asserts that such actions not only violate the rights of Hon. Okunor but also set a troubling precedent for the treatment of women in politics.


This situation raises significant concerns about the fairness and impartiality of law enforcement in political matters, and whether the rights of women, particularly those balancing family responsibilities and public service, are being adequately protected.


The NDC committee's firm stance and urgent appeal highlight the ongoing struggle for gender equity and the protection of women's rights within the political landscape of Ghana.


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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