Queen Mothers Call on Minister
June 22, 2017 2:04 pm
Three groups of Queen Mothers, (National Association of Queen Mothers, the Queen Mother’s Foundation, Ghana and the Greater Accra Association of Queen Mothers) have paid a courtesy call on the minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry. The purpose of their meeting is to congratulate the Minister for her hard work and to express their support for her in particular and the ministry at large.
Welcoming the Queen Mothers, the chief director of the ministry, Mr. Kwesi Armo- Himbson mentioned that the Ministry is people centered and coordinates the welfare of women, children and the vulnerable in society. He noted that the meeting is timely because of the critical role Queen Mothers play in their various communities, stressing that the Ministry would collaborate with them to champion the course of women.
The sector Minister who expressed her profound gratitude for the Queen Mothers for the courtesy call, acknowledged their critical role in the development of their communities and traditional arears. She highlighted the fact that Queen Mothers are custodians of the land in terms of upholding the customs and traditions of society.
Hon Otiko Afisa Djaba stressed the need for a collaboration between the ministry and Queen Mothers in promoting good traditional practices, such as; Female Genital Mutilation (Female cutting), demanding widowed rites, accusations of witchcrafts, early and forced marriages among others, which she said have adverse effect on women and children.
The minister urged the Queen Mothers to use their influence to spear head these campaigns aimed at addressing these harmful practices which are discriminatory and dehumanizing.
She noted that Government is committed to the empowerment of Women and therefore had set aside fifty percent of loans from the Microfinance and small Loans Center (MASLOC) for women. She added that women could also be empowered through the Ghana School Feeding Programme and therefore urged the Queen Mothers to help find innovative ways of making the programme hygienic and efficient.