President keen in supporting women to become leaders – Chief of Staff

By
Gifty Amofa, GNA

Accra, Dec. 16, GNA
– Madam Frema Osei-Opare, the Chief of Staff has assured women that President
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was keen on promoting women into public leadership
positions.

This is seen by the
number of women appointees he had made into his government and therefore called
on those appointed by him to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in
them.

By so doing, it
would encourage the President to do more, she said.

She was speaking at
the soiree organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional
Integration for women appointees held in Accra at the weekend.

It was the first
time Ghanaian female ambassadors accredited abroad, Ghanaian female ministers
and Members of Parliament (MP)had taken part in the event, aside their female
counterpart ambassadors accredited to Ghana.

Madam Osei-Opare,
the Guest of Honour said that though women were of the majority in the country
few were part of the decision making process.

Those that had
interest in public office were mostly hindered by political illiteracy, name
calling, stereotyping, resource constraint, bureaucracy, among others, she
explained, adding that Ghana, despite debates and other efforts to push for
gender equality was not making significant head way.

The trend can only
change if stakeholders including development partners, civil society
organisations and political parties helped closed the gap, the Chief of Staff
noted.

Madam Osei-Opare
congratulated the women, for the good fight to get to the top, and proven
worthy to stay at the top and for that matter at the helm of affairs.

With courage,
resilience and determination, you would help break the societal jinx placed on
females, thereby motivating girls to emulate you, she counselled.

The Chief of Staff
urged them to continue in engagements and advocacies to attain gender equality,
women/girls’ empowerment by 2020 as contained in the Strategic Development Goal
five.

“You can do it, set
your minds to do it,” she stated, stressing that 2019 would provide them a
bigger space to operate.

She commended Madam
Shirley Ayorkor Botchway for helping bring women from diverse backgrounds, with
rich experiences and skills for interaction and celebrate both individual and
collective successes.

Madam Ayorkor
Botchway was grateful to host Madam Osei-Opare the first female Chief of Staff
in Ghana and in the ECOWAS region, female Chief Executives, Ministers, MPs,
women ambassadors from Columbia, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Mexico
and others.

She said, hosting
female ambassadors had become a tradition at the end of the year but this
year’s it roped in more women to create opportunity for them to interact and
network as well as further female empowerment, equality opportunities,
girl-child education and many challenges facing females.

The gathering was
treated with good music from local, foreign, old, contemporary and live ones
from an all-female band called “Lipstick, which sent all the prominent women
and the few men among them on their feet”.

Mrs Francess
Virginia Anderson, Sierra Leonean Ambassador, Madam Genevieve A. Kennedy,
Liberian Ambassador and Madam Diana Acconcia, the European Union Ambassador,
speaking to the Ghana News Agency said, the event had given them time to break
away from the boredom which comes with official duty.

GNA

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