POLITICS: "We Will Pass Affirmative Action Bill Into Law" - Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman
Vice Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman has assured the citizenry that the party will pass the Affirmative Action Bill into law if voted into office in December.
According to her, the passage of the bill will be done to increase women's participation in key decision-making.
The NDC running mate asserted that the time had come for the nation to remove barriers hindering the progress of women in the country.
The NDC's running mate pledge was contained in a statement issued to commemorate this year's International Day of the Girl Child.
She also added that the NDC government will also institute a bill to address sexual harassment in schools and elsewhere.
"We will pass into law the Affirmative Action Bill. We will execute our plan to provide free sanitary pads to girls in basic schools, invest in infrastructure and teacher training to improve quality and access at that level of education"
"We will propose a bill to address sexual harassment in schools and elsewhere; we will operationalize support and protection programs for victims of domestic violence; and we will eliminate medical exam fees for survivors of sexual assault".
ThinkNews Online has gathered Ghana's Affirmative Action Bill when passed into law, will require the government to ensure equitable gender representation at all levels of governance and decision-making in Ghana, as well as address other social and economic imbalances.
When passed, it is expected to affect women's representation in the public service, ministerial positions, independent constitutional bodies, boards of state institutions, the security services, and political parties.
The final draft of the Bill received cabinet approval in 2016, but was not tabled in parliament and, therefore, did not reach the consideration stage before the end of the 6th parliament of the fourth Republic.
Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor