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Passage of the Affirmative Action Bill is required – CDD-Ghana


It has been emphasised by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) that the government must move swiftly to pass the Affirmative Action Bill into law.

The Bill, which aims to encourage women’s involvement and representation in venues where decisions are made, has been sitting on the bookshelves for more than ten years without being taken up.


The passage of the Bill, according to Mrs. Regina Amanfo Tetteh, Team Lead for Human Rights and Inclusion, CDD-Ghana, would be a positive development because it would address the historical gender imbalance in the nation’s social, cultural, economic, and political spheres and act as a tool for achieving justice for women.

She made the request during a roundtable discussion on “Strengthening Pluralism and Inclusion of Women for Inclusive Development: The Urgent Need for the Affirmative Action Bill’s Passage into Law” that CDD-Ghana arranged.

The Global Centre for Pluralism, the Affirmative Action Coalition, and the Centre worked together to plan the event.

The goal is that enacting this Bill and fostering a more welcoming climate for women and other marginalised groups would also resonate with young people and remove any barriers to their ability to contribute to the growth of this nation, according to Mrs. Tetteh.

She pleaded with important parties to fight for the Bill’s passage, especially the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.

She emphasised that numerous attempts had been made to address the issue of including and excluding various underprivileged groups in society throughout the world.

This, according to Mrs. Tetteh, has been demonstrated by legal frameworks, public policy frameworks, and the numerous international and regional charters and treaties that all nations have signed in an effort to ensure inclusive governance and development.

She claimed that despite some advancements and the fact that women had broken through the glass ceiling in a number of different spheres of life, gender inequality and exclusion of women persisted, and that women and girls continued to face disproportionately harsh discrimination in all spheres of social, economic, and public life.

She pointed out that the inclusion of a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal that aspires to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls emphasised the fact that this was a barrier to sustainable development.

She reaffirmed CDD-Ghana’s dedication to advocating for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law.
“It is very important and urgent to address Ghana’s human rights gaps in order for the country to achieve this goal of becoming a more inclusive state with equal opportunities for all; one of the human rights violations is the ongoing gender imbalance within various spheres of life.”

She claimed that Ghana was ranked 107 out of 152 countries for the gender index on political empowerment in the most recent Global Gender Gap Report, released in December 2019, with a score of just 0.129, compared to 0.563 for Rwanda, 0.497 for South Africa, 0.427 for Ethiopia, 0.309 for Uganda, and 0.238 for Zimbabwe.

The Global Centre for Pluralism Monitor Assessment report, according to the woman, was timely because it once again emphasised Ghana’s urgent need to pass the Affirmative Action Bill into law in order to ensure that women were involved in the formulation of policies that would ensure inclusive development.

Because the Affirmative Action Bill is in line with the Center’s mission and vision, Mrs. Tetteh stated that CDD-Ghana intends to use the Coalition to campaign for its introduction and passage.

She claimed that women’s political representation in Ghana had been appalling and that only 40 seats, or 14.5% of the 275 members in the current Parliament, were held by women.
She claimed that this was much lower than the average of 24% for Africa.

She said that the situation was much worse at the local government level, where there should be less barriers to participation, noting that “only 216 of the 6,000 or so assemblies’ members across the country are women.”

The Affirmative Action Bill was once again submitted to Cabinet in March of this year for consideration before being sent on to Parliament, according to Madam Faustina Acheampong, Director of Gender at the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.

In a virtual presentation, Dr. Esi Kyere Mensah, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management and Human Resources, Ghana Communications University, stated that it was troublesome that Ghana was unable to put the Affirmative Action Bill into law, signalling the need for additional lobbying.

Affirmative Action Bill Coalition convener Mrs. Sheila Minka-Premo pleaded with all interested parties to aid the Coalition in its efforts to put the Bill into law.


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