Ghana lagging behind in women empowerment - gender advocate

Prof Kuenyehia is baffled Ghana is still discussing about women empowerment in the 21st century.

The former ICC judge made the comments in an interview with Accra-based 3FM in the New Yorke at the ongoing Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

"Personally, I think [the] progress is very slow and sometimes frustrating. I mean we are in the 21st century and we’re still talking about empowering women,” she said.

Prof Kuenyehia is chairing Ghana's side of the CSW which is on the Theme “The Economic Empowerment of Women n the Cocoa Industry in Ghana."

She said Ghana is looking at empowering women in the rural communities as well as exploring ways to increase women representation in parliament.

Ghana was “looking at empowering the rural woman in terms of economic; this particular presentation by Ghana was to showcase the Ghanaian rural woman especially in the cocoa industry," she said.

"The industry is one of our biggest economic activity and it was to showcase the role women play in the sector, what their challenges are so that they can be helped to achieve the maximum not just for themselves but for the entire  country” she said.

This year's CSW is focusing on the women at workplace and how they can make maximum impact.

“Even though they work all the time, their work is not always recognized. For instance when you are a house wife, it is assumed you don’t work," she said.

"But if you calculate the amount of time that goes into cooking, cleaning washing and taking care of children, it’s a lot."

“So the objective is to look at women at the work place and how they can be helped to make the maximum impact” Prof. Kuenyehia said.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by UN Economic and Social Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.  The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

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