March 2, 2022 9:03 pm

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) through the Department of Gender with support from the European Union in Ghana, Global Affairs Canada and other partners organized a media launch in Accra on Wednesday 2nd March 2022 to commemorate the 2022 International Women’s Day.  It was launched under the theme ”Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. The theme seeks to recognize the importance of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response to build a more sustainable future for all.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a commemorative event set aside by the United Nations globally to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Speaking at the media launch, the Caretaker Minister for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah stated that the current climate change crisis coupled with COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the need to take appropriate actions that will ensure a better life for all especially, women, girls, the vulnerable and the excluded.

She further noted that gender equality and climate change remain central to Ghana’s Development Agenda as indicated in the National Medium-Term Development Policy Framework for 2022-2025. “The Policy Framework among other key areas addresses gender equality and climate change to promote reduction of deforestation, ensure gender equality, increase productive use of clean water, good energy and safer environment” she said.

She added that the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has initiated several projects and policies to advance the course of women and girls. Key example according to her is the development of a National Gender Policy which sought to regulate and mainstream gender in all sectors of the country’s institutional mechanism. This she said has encouraged a lot of institutions to develop their sector specific gender policies.

Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah used the occasion to show gratitude to all stakeholders working to address the structural barriers to women empowerment and gender equality. 

The Chief Director for the Ministry Dr. Afisah Zakariah said the IWD serves as an opportunity to remind key stakeholders including governments, policymakers and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of their key roles in translating the chosen theme into a reality as well as support for women towards ensuring their empowerment in all areas of national development

She reiterated the need for women to be empowered to have a voice and be equal players in decision-making that relate to climate change for sustainable development and greater gender equality.

The Resident Representative of the UN Country Team, Madam Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba said women and adolescent girls including young people should be empowered and supported to develop innovative solutions that will improve their immediate community. She called on stakeholders to rally around the global theme to break the gender bias.

Source: MoGCSP