From left Anita De-Sosou- NDC, Otiko Afisa Gyaba - NPP, Susan Adu Amakwa - CPP and Belinda Bulley - PPP
Women activists have identified financial constraints as a major obstacle to women’s active participation in politics.
According to them, most women are financially handicapped and, therefore, cannot compete with their male partners on the same platform to win competitive elections.
Womens non-involvement in active politics has been blamed partly on the vindictive nature of Ghanaian politics which has contributed to their reluctance to put them forward to be elected.
Also, the negative perception that politics is a dirty game, stigmatization against female politicians, coupled with the use of abusive languages mostly by their male counterparts has cowed most assertive women who want to contribute their quota to national development.
This according to some political pundits might have contributed to President John Mills’ inability to fulfill his promise of 40% women representation in his government.
But these perceptions seem not to be the situation confronting the women as the women activists from four major political parties in the country converged on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday.
The National Women Organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Anita De-Sosou said because politics has now moved from volunteerism to how much money a politician can pay individuals who campaign for him or her, women are deterred from engaging in active politics.
She proposed a one percent funding for women in politics and reiterated government's commitment to fulfill its 40 percent women representation promise.
Anita De-Sosou bemoaned women’s attitude towards politics and urged gender activists to consider grooming more young women into politics to take over from them after they phase out.
Otiko Afisa Gyaba, National Women’s Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) supported her NDC colleague on the funding for female politicians adding that “women are the engine of growth of the economy for accelerated development in the country”.
She however took a swipe at the Mills-led government on its failure to fulfill the 40 percent quota to women describing it as a “lip service” to get the necessary vote from the Ghanaian electorates.
The NPP National Womens Organizer advocated for women participation in all sectors of the economy who according to her represent about 52 percent of the country’s population.
The first vice Chairperson of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) Susan Adu Amakwa called on all political parties for field female aspirants in the newly created constituencies by the Electoral Commission (EC) as a way of encouraging women participation in politics.
She explained that giving women the opportunity is to write off the imbalance especially in Parliament and in the society as a whole.
Belinda Bulley, National Women Organizer of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) said her party has begun implementing the affirmative action by ensuring the active involvement of women at every level in the party.