Samuel Nartey George, the Member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram Constituency, has fervently defended the inviolability of family values and underlined the critical difference between sex and gender.
Sam George emphasized the importance of the family in his speech at the 5th Transatlantic Summit, which was hosted by the Political Network for Values at the UN Headquarters in New York. He described the family as a holy institution that is essential to society.
He asserted, “As a natural-born man, a Charismatic Christian, a husband of one woman, a father of three children and an elected Member of Ghana’s Parliament, I hold the role of the family extremely sacred.”
In response to the current worldwide discussion on what constitutes a family, Sam George vehemently upheld the conventional definition of a family as a union of men and women by birth.
He underlined the need of respecting the values outlined in international treaties, including the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, and the Republic of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.
In asserting the distinction between sex and gender, Sam George stated, “Let me be clear here and now, Sirs and Ma’ams: there is a distinct difference between sex and gender.”
He maintained that gender is a social construct that differs throughout civilizations, but sex is a biological construct that is established at the time of creation.
” The pseudo-war being waged by some against the family is premised on the obfuscation and literal obliteration of the distinction between sex and gender. Sex is a biological construct that transcends race, ethnicity, religion and jurisdictional jurisprudence. Sex is binary – either male or female. God determines it at the moment of conception. A foetus carries either the XY or XX chromosomes, determining whether it is born male or female. From my beloved Ningo-Prampram Constituency in Accra to New York and Rio de Janeiro to Madrid or Delhi to Perth, the interpretation of XY and XX is constant.
“Gender, on the other hand, is a social construct that has evolved on the peculiarities of various societies. From the onset, matching the binary nature of sex, we see different recognitions of gender across the world today. There is no universality in the concept of gender as gender is highly fluid, and as such, gender cannot form the basis for any convention, covenant or treaty which seeks to be globally acceptable and binding. This is the basis for my avowed position that the letter and spirit of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is apt and meets the needs of our global world today. It emphasises in Article 2 the Rights and freedoms outlined in the Declaration and is clear that there shall be no distinction based on SEX. Yes, it says SEX, not gender. This is definite and must be defended by all progressive forces.”
The MP vehemently upheld Article 2 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which promotes rights and freedoms without regard to gender. He also emphasized Article 16(1), which upholds men and women’s rights to marriage and family formation.
To further champion these principles, Sam George revealed his sponsorship, alongside seven other colleagues, of the “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021” in Ghana’s Parliament.
The law supports his dedication to preserving the traditional family values.
Sam George stressed the importance of the family in the growth of society in his concluding remarks, citing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ Articles 18(3) and (4) in particular.
He emphasized that parents have a duty to see to it that their kids receive a moral and religious education consistent with their beliefs.