September 16, 2021 5:02 pm

The Department of Gender under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in collaboration with UNFPA held a one-day National Consultative meeting on September 16, 2021 to review and update the National Gender Policy and its strategic implementation plan.

The aim of the meeting was to collect inputs from all stakeholders in order to come up with a comprehensive policy that reflects the views, interests and aspirations of all in ensuring gender equality in Ghana.

It was also to garner support and commitment from all stakeholders in fully implementing the revised and updated National Gender Policy and its Strategic Implementation Plan.

The National Gender Policy is being reviewed to make it responsive to global trends and national priorities, including gaps and challenges created by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Policy, which was developed in 2015, seeks to provide the broad policy guidelines, strategies and institutional framework for the operationalization of government’s commitments towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment targets, as part of the MoGCSP’s continuous efforts towards achieving Gender Equity and Gender Equality Protection.

The Chief Director for the Ministry, Dr. Afisah Zakariah on behalf of the Sector Minister, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo noted that the review and update of the National Gender Policy and its Strategic Implementation Plan will enable the country to develop and own a national response to gender inequalities that impede the attainment of sustainable development.

The policy she said would harness wide range of resources including information, detailed gender mainstreaming approaches, tools and instruments that are compatible with the macro-policy framework of the country at any point in time, towards national development.

The Chief Director further stressed that the comprehensive consultations envisaged for the review and update of the National Gender Policy with various interest groups at the national and sub-national levels confirm the principle of participatory approach adopted for the development of the policy, with the view that women and men from all spheres of life are to be engaged in setting the gender equality agenda in Ghana.

Dr. Afisah Zakariah thanked UNFPA for their immense contribution towards the Ministry and gender related issues in the country.

The Director for the Department of Gender, Ms Faustina Acheampong, said it was prudent that the Ministry collaborate with stakeholders to ensure significant increase in gender equity, and equality to close the gender gap.

Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, UNFPA Ghana Representative also stressed that Ghana’s effort at promoting gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights are evident through the enactment of laws, development of policies, strategies and commitments to International Instruments such as the Article 17 of the 1992 constitution and the Domestic Violence Act, 2007 (Act732) amongst others.

He added that the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women are central to the mandate of UNFPA. “This is intrinsic to our development approach anchored in our three transformative goals aiming at zeroing the unmet need for family planning, preventable deaths, gender-based violence and harmful cultural practices.” He said.

The UNFPA Ghana Representative urged stakeholders to prioritize gender equality, women and girl’s empowerment issues as fundamental human rights.

Source: MoGCSP