Akufo-Addo apologises to Parliament for failing to deliver on gender promise

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Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | Email: jerry.mordy@myjoyonline.com, Twitter: @jerrymordy

President Nana Akufo-Addo has acknowledged the failure to deliver on an assurance he made to Parliament to spearhead the passage into law, the Affirmative Action Bill in 2017.

The President in his previous State of the Nation Address to Parliament in 2017, promised to work with Parliament to ensure the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill which would guarantee the equality of women participation at all levels.

“Mr. Speaker, I have an apology. I promised last year that we would endeavour to pass the Affirmative Action Bill [but] this did not happen,” the President conceded Thursday, February 8, while delivering his State of the Nation Address, the second of his administration.

That notwithstanding, the President affirmed his commitment to championing the development of women, is still on course.

“My commitment to the promotion of the development of women is without question,” he defended.

“Women constitute the majority of the population and our success or otherwise as a nation would be measured by how well or otherwise women are doing,” he observed.

He assured that: “The bill will definitely come to parliament this meeting.”

The President who has been appointed by African Union as a ‘Gender Champion’, also declared the total support for the UN-led HeForShe solidarity campaign, which seeks to encourage men and boys as agents of change and take action against negative inequalities faced by women and girls.

The president called on “Ghanaian men to join together in giving Ghanaian females the dignity they deserve.”

“I further entreat all of us; men and female, to support the implementation of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which have been incorporated into government’s coordinating programmes of economic and social development policies…and the execution of which will ensure that no Ghanaian is left behind.”

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