July 15, 2024 12:15 am

We must be deliberate about women participation – Dennis Asare

Article 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, states that “There shall be a District Chief Executive for every district who shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the Assembly present and voting at the meeting”.

Several attempts have been made towards increasing women participation in education, however, it appears critical issues such as labour market participation and political appointments seem to be divided along gender lines.

The UN Women in Politics ranked Ghana 64th and 148th (out of about 191 countries) in terms of Number of Women in Ministerial Position and Number of Women in Parliament respectively in 2020.

The recent MMDCE nominations seem to follow the existing narrative where women are not well represented in decision making and appointments at the national and subnational level.

It is imperative for us to deliberately create opportunities for women to participate in political decision making if we want to create an inclusive society.

Prior to the release of the MMDCEs appointment list, the Civil Society Organisations Platform for Good Governance (CSOPGG) demanded that the President ensures that the list is gender-balanced and inclusive, adding that “at least 30 per cent of MMDCEs in every region should be females”.

However, only 38 women were nominated to become MMDCEs out of the 260 appointed by President Akufo-Addo, representing 14.62%
In contrast, 222 men were nominated to serve in the same capacity, representing 85.38%.

Of the six Metropolitan Chief Executives nominated, one woman was appointed as against five men.

Elizabeth Sackey has been appointed as the Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly; if approved, she will take over from Mohammed Adjei Sowah. On Sunday, September 19, 2021, before the official announcement was made, his supporters massed up in James Town to protest that he was not renominated to serve. The other five Mayors are all men.

Yohane Armah Ashitey was nominated as Mayor for the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Salifu Suley for Tamale Metro and Ernest Arthur for Cape Coast Metro.
The others are Sam Pyne for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and Abdul-Mumin Issah for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.

Former Kumbungu MP, Ras Mubarak, took to his Facebook page to complain about the low number of women and youth who were nominated as MMDCEs.

“Youth & Women woefully underrepresented in the appointment of MMDCES.”
This number compares to 26% of women who were appointed to serve as Deputy Ministers.


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