Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
PRESSURE group called Concerned Voters Movement (CVM) has mounted a spirited defence for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over his comments about women at the Women Deliver Conference in Canada.
President Akufo-Addo came under intense attack after he was reported to have said despite the fact majority of the country’s population are women not much political action had been witnessed in their push for greater inclusion in Ghana’s political administration.
“We are not seeing enough dynamism and activism on the part of those who are seeking. I am talking about dynamism where it matters…electing people to Parliament, controlling political parties because they are the instruments by which our societies make decisions.
“We are talking about decisions, not wishes and hopes, we are talking about decisions that are going to make the difference,” President Akufo-Addo said.
But a statement signed and issued by the Founder and President of CVM, Mr Razak Kojo Opoku and copied to Today in Accra yesterday, stressed that President Akufo-Addo has not committed anycrime in his comments arguing that President Akufo-Addo Matchless in the area of Women Empowerment.
According to the statement President Akufo-Addo has demonstrated more than enough to justify his unflinching love, respect and support for Women Empowerment in Ghana.
The statement mantained that no propaganda can outshine the remarkable achievements of President Akufo-Addo in the area of women empowerment.
Some of his achievements, according to the statement include creation of a platform for feminists, journalists and gender advocates in Ghana with the plrepeal of criminal Libel Law.
The statement averred that President Akufo-Addo as an Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in the Kufuor Administration was responsible for the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law. Before the repeal of the Criminal Libel law, the Culture of Silence was the order of the day under the NDC Administration.
It noted that the repeal of the Criminal Libel law by Akufo-Addo completely erased the Culture of Silence in Ghana, gave voice to the voiceless and an opportunity to more females to join the Media and Journalism Profession.
The statement said the Feminists and Gender Advocates became loud, and that, the so called Feminists should be grateful to President Akufo-Addo for the Repeal of the Criminal Libel Law.
“If not for Akufo-Addo’s efforts, Feminists and Gender Advocates will never have gotten the opportunity to make noise on social media platforms,” the statement asked.
The statement mentioned that President Akufo-Addo dedicated his life over the years to mentor and develop women, most of such women are serving the country in different capacities now.
Through President Akufo-Addo, the statement explained that Ghana is benefiting from the service of seasoned female lawyers such as Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, Joyce Darko, Ursula Owusu and several others, adding the President trained and mentored these women to become who they are today.
“We are challenging John Mahama to mention just one prominent female Communicator he has trained over the years to the benefit of the Ghanaian Society.
On the free SHS Policy; the Backbone to Girl Child Education, the statement noted that the peak of President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to women development, training and empowerment was the introduction and implementation of the Free SHS Policy.
The Free SHS Policy is anchored on giving equity and equal opportunity to more females to experience free quality education. The first step of empowering women is through education and nothing else.
“Feminism would have been a total waste of time without Education. It is equally a fact that the more women become enlightened through education the more they are able to join forces together to fight for equal rights in society. The future for Ghanaian women is bright considering the number of females enjoying Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS Policy,” it said
On the issue of Female Ministers, according to the statement it is an established fact that, the government of President Akufo-Addo has more female Cabinet Ministers plus female Sector Ministers than his predecessors.
Three key strategic Cabinet Ministries, the statement said include Foreign Affairs, Local Government & Rural Development, and Attorney General & Ministry of Justice are all in the hands of Women.
“Akufo-Addo’s Government also has appointed more female Deputy Ministers than his predecessors. Some of the Regional Coordinating Councils equally have female Ministers and Deputy Ministers,” the statement noted.
It asserted that President Akufo-Addo has given Ghanaians a first female Chief of Staff in the 4th Republic, adding that “Apart from the female Chief of Staff, there are the female Procurement Minister, female Secretary to the Cabinet and the female Deputy Director of Communications at the Presidency.”
The statement alluded to the facts that
President Akufo-Addo has done well by giving opportunities to more women to head some of the key State Agencies as CEOs and Deputy CEOs.
Food and Drug Authority, Cylinder Manufacturing Company, District Assembly Common Fund, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Criminal Investigation Department of Ghana Police, One District One Factory Secretariat etc. all have females as CEOs.
There are a number of females serving as Deputy CEOs in State Agencies and Institutions.
It stated that there are more female Ambassadors in Akufo-Addo’s government than John Mahama and Atta Mills Government.
It contended that President Akufo-Addo has appointed women as Ambassadors for the following countries: Germany, France, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Namibia, Kenya, South Korea etc.
The statement pointed out thatbPresident Akufo-Addo’s Government has appointed more women to serve on the Board of State Agencies and Institutions than any Government in the past.
“The records speak for itself. Almost all the Boards for State Agencies and Institutions have Women representation. EC, NCCE, NLA, GRA, GNPC, FDA, GSA, GPHA, Ghana Free Zones Authority, TOR, etc.
“It is only President Akufo-Addo who has make a conscious effort to ensure women are appointed to serve on almost all the Boards of State Agencies and Institutions. It has never happened before since independence,” the statement explained.
Under President Akufo-Addo’s Government, the statement maintained that more women have been employed to work in various State Agencies and Institutions especially newly introduced programmes such as NABCO.
According to the statement, more women have been given Financial Assistance to start their own businesses through the NEIP initiative