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Henry Djaba Foundation/GIZ build capacity of aspiring Assemblywomen in 5 regions


Date: Friday June 28, 2019, 7:22 am


By: WatchGhana.Com/Edmond Gyebi


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The Henry Djaba Foundation has embarked on a strong campaign to woo more women to contest in the upcoming Parliamentary and District Level and Unit Committee Elections.

The human empowerment organization led by the former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba has organized a two-day capacity building workshop in Tamale for potential assembly women in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern, North East and Savannah regions. It was supported by GIZ. 

The objective of the workshop, according to Ms. Djaba, was to build the confidence and capacity of the participants including persons living with disabilities, to contest in this year’s district level elections scheduled for December. 

They were taken through registration processes at the electoral commission, electioneering and campaigning tactics for women, financial literacy, transparency, accountability, fundraising strategies and communication skills among others. 

The Executive Director of Henry Djaba Foundation said that the time had come for women who are better drivers and less corrupt to take up key leadership positions and participate in key decision making processes at local and national levels.

She charged the women of Ghana to come out in their numbers to vote for their colleague women contesting in the next assembly elections in all the districts across Ghana. Adding that, “Men must also support our women by voting for them”. 

According to Ms. Djaba, there are many women who are equally capable of occupying top positions and can take critical decisions that affect their lives and their children just as their male counterparts.

“Until we give the opportunities to our women to serve we may not be able to establish or assess their potentials, capabilities and skills, and how they can contribute to community and national development”. 

The renowned international gender advocate said it was time for Ghana to encourage women especially at the rural areas to liberate themselves from the archaic belief that it is only men who can lead, and take their rightful positions as leaders who are not just capable of raising children but can also serve as assemblywomen, members of parliament, chief executives, chief directors and president.
 
Saying, “The whole world is changing and Ghana must also change; and give opportunities to more women to serve”. 

A Deputy Director in charge of research, monitoring and evaluation at the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr. Fred Tetteh, said the Commission supports everything efforts by every institution or individuals to support women and persons with disabilities to aspire to national positions. 
 
He advised persons who wish to contest as assembly members to be sure that “they are tax compliant, be 18 years and above, be a registered voter, a resident of the electoral area they are contesting, get twenty people to endorse their forms, provide two passport pictures and so on. If you are contesting as a unit committee member you’ll need seventeen registered voters to endorse your form”, he emphasized. 

Mr. Tetteh also entreated individuals and institutions particularly nongovernmental organisations that wish to support any aspirant or candidate in the elections to mount campaign platforms to endeavor to liaise with the EC office in the districts. 

Vivian Nartey, a visually-impaired aspirant from Tsakpe Newtown Electoral Area in the Kpando Municipality inspired the PWDs to have confidence in themselves and come out boldly to contest. She said that, she had decided to contest as assemblywoman to prove to other people that persons living with disability are capable of contesting for public offices. 

“In 2015 I contested. I got the second highest vote in the whole of the Kpando Municipality even though I didn’t win. People who initially doubted my capabilities because I’m visually impaired believed in me after the election. And so, I have the hope that I’ll win this time around.  

Source: WatchGhana.Com/Edmond Gyebi

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