PRESS RELEASE: ADDRESSING THE GENDER DISPARITY IN THE 2023 DISTRICT LEVEL ELECTIONS IN GHANA
- January 22, 2024
- Posted by: NALAG
- Category: Uncategorized
TITLE: ADDRESSING THE GENDER DISPARITY IN THE 2023 DISTRICT LEVEL ELECTIONS IN GHANA
In light of the recently concluded District Level Elections held in Ghana in 2023, concerns have been raised regarding the significant underrepresentation of women in key decision-making roles. The low participation of women in the electoral process is a matter that requires urgent attention and concerted efforts from all stakeholders.
Despite the progress Ghana has made in promoting democracy and inclusivity, the statistics from the 2023 District Level Elections reveal a stark gender disparity. The limited representation of women in these elections raises questions about the inclusiveness and fairness of the electoral process.
NALAG expresses deep concern over the low number of women who contested and subsequently secured positions in the District Level Elections (DLEs). This underrepresentation not only hampers the democratic principle of fair representation but also deprives the electorate of the diverse perspectives and skills that women bring to the decision-making table.
The District Level Election, which was held on December 19, last year, indicates that 95.9 percent of the 6,243 persons elected as assembly members were males, while females constituted 4.1 percent.
Even though the percentage of elected female assembly members constitutes a marginal increase of 0.3 percent compared to 3.8 percent in the previous election (2019) we believe this is woefully inadequate and we can do better as a country.
Interestingly, the 2023 DLEs recorded a high turn-out of 35 percent, 1.4% percentage points up from 33.6 percent in the previous election (2019) per data by the Electoral Commission (EC) published by Daily Graphic.
To address this issue, NALAG proposes the following actions:
Gender-Sensitive Electoral Policies: Political parties should adopt and implement gender-sensitive policies that encourage the active participation of women in party structures and decision-making processes.
Capacity Building: Provide training and capacity-building programs specifically tailored to equip women with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the electoral process successfully.
Awareness Campaigns: Launch comprehensive awareness campaigns to promote the importance of women’s participation in politics and to challenge societal norms that may hinder women from engaging in electoral activities.
Quota Systems: Consider the implementation of temporary special measures, such as quota systems, to ensure a more equitable representation of women in electoral positions.
Engagement with Civil Society: Foster collaboration with civil society organizations and women’s groups to create a supportive network for women aspiring to participate in politics.
NALAG believes that by taking these steps, Ghana can make significant strides toward achieving gender equality in political representation.
A CALL ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
NALAG is calling on the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, to take bold steps towards gender equality in local governance by appointing at least 50% of women out of the 30% government appointees to our Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies. This we believe will foster diversity and inclusion in decision-making and ensure a balanced and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of our communities.
NALAG calls on all political parties, civil society organizations, and the government to take proactive measures to address this gender imbalance. It is crucial to create an environment that encourages and supports women’s participation in politics, ensuring that their voices are heard and their perspectives are taken into account.
HON. KOKRO AMANKWAH
GENERAL SECRETARY, NALAG