The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) has called on the electorate to use Tuesday’s district-level and unit committee elections as an opportunity to mobilise more women for increased participation and effective discourse in the district assemblies.
Expressing concern about the gender gap in the assemblies, which had been in favour of males, the association, in a statement issued Monday and signed by its General Secretary, Mr Kokro Amankwah, said the time to bridge the gap was now.
It explained that the election of more women into the assemblies would strengthen the decentralisation process.
The statement said NALAG this year had embarked on a number of activities to improve women’s participation in assemblies.
Among the activities were capacity building of female assembly members and those aspiring to contest in tomorrow’s elections, supporting some selected female aspirants towards the production of their campaign materials, creating a stronger network of women in local government and creating the platform for shared learning and mentoring for new aspiring contestants.
Providing statistics, NALAG said in Ghana, women constituted about 51.2 per cent of the total population (Ghana Statistical Service, 2011).
“In spite of their large proportion, women are not well represented when it comes to the issue of governance.
The National Council on Women and Development (NCWD) (1998) observed in a survey conducted in Ghana that women were marginalised and remained the minority in politics,” the statement noted.