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Coalition "of the willing" can promote gender parity, states Ghana MP

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, December 3, 2018

A ‘coalition of the willing’ can be a force for ensuring gender parity in spaces of political leadership and other spheres of influence.

This is the firm assertion of Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP, Minister of Communications in the Republic of Ghana. She made the point as she delivered the 24th annual Caribbean Women: Catalysts for Change public lecture, which is a lecture series hosted by The UWI Cave Hill, Institute for Gender and Development: Nita Barrow Unit.

Speaking on the th_DSC6345ED-12-3-2018.jpgeme, Women and Political Leadership in Ghana, the Minister said on Wednesday evening that this coalition of women in politics, academia, business and other professional fields could identify shared interests of women and girls to advocate for.

“Choose promising politicians on both sides of the political divide to support materially and with strategies, establish bi-partisan women’s caucuses in our parliaments and work together on selected projects, raising funds to finance projects that enrich lives of our constituents,” Ekuful said to those gathered in the Walcott Warner Theatre at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination.

“Academics, please provide intellectual support for the female politicians, providing them with well-researched papers on topical issues so they make sound statements and interventions on the floor of Parliament . . . , support their campaigns with ideas and materially . . . and keep washing them with prayer . . . Let’s use the power we have, our numerical strength and put it behind causes that matter to the women in the streets even if they don’t realize it as yet.”

The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West in Accra, admitted that she has suffered from verbal and physical abuse during her time in elective politics, but believed that now more than ever, it was necessary for “resilient, proactive, risk-taking women leaders” with innovative and inclusive approaches to development challenges to take up positions of influence.

Caption: Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP, Minister of Communications in the Republic of Ghana delivers the 24th annual CWCC lecture.


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