Women’s contributions to good governance ideal for democracy and economic growth – Diana Oppong Mensah
Ghana Women’s Network for Peace President Diana Oppong Mensah said the contribution of women is vital for a nation’s development and democratic governance.
Speaking at the end of the 2021 Women in Politics training program, she noted that women who have knowledge of the fundamentals of Ghana’s democratic system and its legislative process are well equipped to contribute to their quota.
Miss Mensah, who is this year’s valedictorian, explained that the program brought together women from different parties and political spheres; play various leadership roles to help communities, constituencies, Ghana and the world at large.
âThe 10 study modules during this training provided us with great insight into various aspects of leadership and other soft skills. We, graduates of the 2021 Women in Politics training program, are well placed to contribute our nation-building quota. “
Again, the promotion major said that “the active participation and involvement of women at decision-making levels in our governance structure and systems should be critically examined as our role cannot be overstated” .
She insisted that Ghanaian women are capable and have been ready for a long time, for this reason “gender biases will not prevent us from helping to develop Ghana”.
Miss Mensah further stated that since the country is young in democracy, conscious steps must be taken to develop its democracy, transform the fortunes of the citizens and make Ghana a better place for the next generation.
The president of Network for Peace Ghana also urged women to focus on STEM when choosing study programs in schools and to move towards higher paying careers just like men.
The Women in Politics training program is organized by the Ghana Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Competence Center for Economic Policy (FESEPCC), Abantu for Development and Women in Broadcasting (WIB).
As part of her speech, she expressed her gratitude to the organizers for providing the women with this âthinking and capacity building training programâ.
âA big thank you to all the great facilitators and support staff. We appreciate your resources and your exceptional relationship with us during the period.
“We thank our families and various political parties for their support in believing that we can learn and make an impact on society,” she added.
The training which was initiated in 2015 aims to bring together women from all political parties already playing a role and women from the audiovisual sector who have the power to guide political debates and question national issues.
In addition, it encourages women to take leadership roles wherever they are to influence political direction at the highest level and ensure gender sensitivity at the decision-making level.