June 23, 2020 1:39 pm

The Department of Gender under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the United Nations Development Fund(UNFPA) has organized a one day dissemination workshop on Ghana’s Beijing+25 report at the CLOGSAG Hall, Ministries Accra on Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020.

The objective of the dissemination workshop is to solidify the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection’s commitment to ensuring that women are protected under the laws of Ghana.

Chairman for the occasion, Mr. Mawutor Ablo who is also the Director for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection said the discussion on the dissemination of the Beijing+25 report is to take stock of what the country has achieved in the past 25 years with regards to gender mainstreaming.

Mr. Mawutor Ablo urged participants to dispationately discuss the report while focusing attention on lapses cited in the report.

Addressing participants, the Chief Director for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Afisah Zakariah said Gender equality can never be ignored as it has been accepted as a cross-cutting issue due to its significance in accelerated development.

She added that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has been working to mainstream gender in planning, budgeting, programmes, interventions and other activities at all levels of governance.

Dr. Afisah Zakariah also stated that the Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Health with support from the UNFPA organised an inter-ministerial conference on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as part of activities of the campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa. This campaign she said mobilizes political commitment and action to reduce maternal mortality in Africa.

The Chief Director further stressed that capacity of Gender Desk officers from Ministries, Departments and Agencies and planning officers from Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies were built on mainstreaming the National Gender Policy into their development plans to ensure that the rights, interest and special needs of women and girls are integrated into policy formulation and implementation.

The Ag. Director for the Department of Gender, Dr. Comfort Asare in her opening remarks said the Beijing+25 report gives account of the country’s progress in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

In addition, the Platform for Action imagines a world where each woman and girl can exercise her freedoms and choices, and realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to go to school, to participate in decision and to earn equal pay for equal work.

Dr. Comfort Asare also asserted that the platform for Action made comprehensive commitments in critical areas of concern which includes women and poverty, women and girl’s education and training, women and health, human rights of women amongst others.

In her statement, the Deputy Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA-Ghana) Dr. Agnes Ntibanyurwa
opined that the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is an agenda for women’s empowerment aimed at removing all obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life. This according to her is to ensure women have full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political-decision making in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals.

“It is imperative we break silos, connect movements and adopt a multifaceted approach in ensuring that the recommendations slated in the report are implemented for a more sustained result,” she said.

Dr. Agnes Ntibanyurwa pledged UNFPA’s commitment to continue to partner with the government to prioritize and effectively implement the recommendations in the report.

As part of the dissemination workshop, there was an in depth presentation on Ghana’s Beijing+25 report by Mr. Gideon Hosu-Porbley from Delink Services.

Source: MoGCSP