ActionAid Ghana joins CSOs coalition to demand passage of AAB


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By Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Sept.
7, GNA – Ghana on Saturday joined the Civil Society Organisations
(CSOs) on Decentralisation and Citizens’ Participation to embark on a
stroll in Tamale demanding quick passage of the Affirmative Motion Monthly bill (AAB)
to endorse equality.

walked from the Aliu Mahama Sports activities Stadium by the Tamale major city and
last but not least converged at the Stadium to increase recognition on the AAB and the need for
the Govt to shift outside of the rhetoric to move the bill into legislation.

They carried
placards with several inscriptions demanding that the Federal government really should back
its terms with motion and prioritise the passage of the AAB.

Madam Alia
Mumuni, the Challenge Manager for Inclusive Management at ActionAid Ghana, in a statement
right after the wander, claimed: “ActionAid Ghana performs for the Affirmative Motion
Invoice to be passed to produce a conducive ecosystem for ladies to consider up
management roles and lead to the of Ghana”.

Passage of the
AAB, which talked about inclusiveness, financial empowerment and gender
equality, would inadvertently result in the accomplishment of the Sustainable
Advancement Aims, she reported.

Mr Alhassan
Mohammed Awal, the Government Director of NORSAAC, mentioned passage of the Invoice
would produce equal possibilities to facilitate inclusive enhancement.

Mrs Wedadu
Sayibu, the Programme Supervisor of Regional Advisory Data and Network
Units, who read through a petition on behalf of the CSOs Cluster on Decentralisation
and Citizens’ Participation, demanded that Cabinet and the Ministry of Gender,
Youngsters and Social Safety introduce the AAB in Parliament by October,


Cluster on Decentralisation and Citizens’ Participation call for passage of Affirmative Action Bill

By Patience Gbeze, GNA

Accra, Aug. 13,
GNA – Civil Society Organisations on Decentralisation and Citizens’
has called on the Minister for Gender, Young children and Social
Safety to lay the Motion Monthly bill prior to Parliament as soon as it
resumes from recess.

It also named
the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo to use his position as the African
Union Gender Champion and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Improvement Plans to
double his efforts to reaching the established targets by passing the Affirmative
Motion Monthly bill.

“We have experienced
guarantees, assurances, pronouncements and proclamations produced in election yr
soon after election yr with quite very little action taken to deal with the systemic
inequalities that avert women staying aspect of the choice-making procedures,”
Ms Efua Edith Chidi, the Co-Convener, CSOs Cluster on Decentralisation and
Participation, said.

She was
speaking at a media briefing organised by the group to categorical their
displeasure about the inactions of federal government to aid the of the
Affirmative Action Monthly bill for the previous 13 several years.

She said the
Bill when handed would accelerate Ghana’s efforts at assembly Sustainable Improvement
Aim 5 goal of Gender Parity in conclusion generating by 2030 and the African Union
Gender Agenda of 50-50 illustration of each males and females in determination-producing.

“Also, women’s
illustration in public provider, impartial constitutional bodies, boards of
point out establishments and political get-togethers will be tremendously enhanced. This will
call for our authorities to be certain gender representation at all levels of
governance and decision–making and as perfectly handle social and financial gaps or

“We want to
remind government that 1992 Structure gives the foundation for affirmative
motion legislation Report 17, clause 4a states that ‘Nothing in this Short article shall
stop Parliament from enacting legislation that are moderately important to offer
for the implementation of guidelines and programmes aimed at redressing civil and
political, cultural, social, econo0mic and instructional imbalance in the
Ghanaian society”.

Ms Chidi mentioned
they had been extremely worried that the Affirmative Motion Monthly bill which was stated
as 1 of the charges on the agenda for the past session of Parliament did not
see the light of the working day considering the fact that it was not laid right before Parliament went on recess
this August.

She stated a few
weeks ago, they issued a assertion calling on the Minister of Gender to do the
needed because of diligence and present the bill to Parliament once again but nothing at all
was finished.

She mentioned lots of
African countries these types of as Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Guinea Bissau who commenced
the Affirmative Action journey afterwards than Ghana have passed the monthly bill and
started off implementing with impressive progress.

“In June this
year, Guinea Bissau handed their Gender Equality Law and subsequently appointed
50 for every cent girls and 50 per cent adult men to cupboard positions. Other African
nations have demonstrated how their governments have been dedicated to
making certain gender equality in their political space”.

Ms Chidi explained
soon after more than a 10 years of action and attempts by the liable Ministry and other
stakeholders, it is quite disappointing that the Invoice has in no way been laid in
Parliament, including that Ghana has the demanded technical and resource capacity
to have concluded, handed and implemented the Bill.

She named on
govt to prioritise the Affirmative Action Monthly bill so that they nation would
not drop out from the anticipated gains of the Bill.

She said the
group would embark on a walk on August 30 in Accra and September 7 in Tamale to
press even more their demands and draw awareness of the general public and the authorities
to accelerate the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill and called for media
assist to accomplish that target.

Ghana has
dedicated to Affirmative Action by signing and endorsing numerous conventions
including the Convention on Elimination of all kinds of Discrimination towards
Gals (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Motion, the SDGs and the Commonwealth Prepare
of Action on Gender Equality which established a least concentrate on of 30 per cent of gals
in selection earning posture by 2015, among others.

Ms Eunice
Agbenyadzi, the Gender Equality Social Inclusion Manager, Star Ghana
Basis, stated Affirmative action consists of steps that assist leveling the
taking part in industry for people or teams to take part in choice-creating
method and known as for consented initiatives to make certain that there is inclusion in
all factor of governance.

“We comprehend
that it is on the concern of electric power, but we also realize that it gains all
and if a single segment of the inhabitants is remaining behind, then we are missing out in
the discourse,” she explained.

Mr Frank Wilson
Bodza, the Programme Supervisor for Governance – Women in Law and Development in
Africa (WILDAF Ghana), claimed community curiosity rules have develop into a mantra for
political functions in Ghana and named on all to be a part of the campaign to aid
the passage of the Invoice.


CSOs push for passage of Affirmative Action Bill

The CSO Clusters on Decentralization and Citizens , in partnership with other civil society teams, have supplied governing administration a two-7 days ultimatum to make sure that the Affirmative Monthly bill is passed.

The claims the delay in the passage of the Bill is a worry for improvement companions and Ghanaians who have followed with keen desire, the processes in the direction of the passage of the Affirmative Motion Regulation for Ghana.

Co-Convenor for the Coalition, Efua Chidi reported successive governments have been lackadaisical about the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill.

“If you appear at our legal guidelines, especially the Affirmative Action Monthly bill, we know that the action to work on the Monthly bill started way back again in 2011 and after that we have experienced quite a few Expenses passed but that is a single region that we do not see any government’s determination on. So our concern is, is our government not involved about difficulties concerning gals and the fewer privileged? Is it that they have resolved to ignore us absolutely? Is it that the clauses in the Bill are as well a lot for any authorities to take care of?”

The Affirmative Motion Monthly bill, which has experienced a number of setbacks for about 10 decades now, seeks to enhance the participation of ladies in determination generating.

It supplies for 40 % illustration and participation of ladies in governance, public positions of electrical power and selection making.

The Bill is at this time before the Parliament of Ghana for consideration.

Out of 275 Users in the Parliament of Ghana, only 38 are women of all ages, representing a marginal 13.8 percent of the whole quantity of Members of Parliament.

Abantu For Development Calls For Passage Of Affirmative Action Bill

Abantu for Advancement and African Women’s Progress Fund have urged parliament to pass the Affirmative Motion Monthly bill to protected a authorized mechanism for the ideal gender equality outcomes for all in the country.

The Affirmative Motion Bill, which has experienced a selection of setbacks for about 10 a long time now, was set to enhance the participation of females in selection producing and provides for a 40 percent representation and participation of women in governance, public positions of ability and determination generating.

Mrs. Hamida Harrison, Programmes Manager, ABANTU for ― a gender and coverage advocacy Non-Governmental Corporation (NGO)― and Convener of the Women’s Manifesto (WMC), at a push convention in Accra known as for the passage of the Affirmative Motion Invoice to help enhance women’s illustration in Parliament which had been documented 15 many years back named the Women’s Manifesto.

Incorporating that, in spite of guarantees, assurances, pronouncements and proclamations built in an election calendar year after election year, pretty small motion experienced been taken to tackle the systemic inequalities that stop females from getting element of the conclusion-producing procedures.

She then expressed issue over the failure to meet the UN-recommended threshold of 30 p.c women’s representation in the District Assemblies, 68 several years following the affirmative measure of the 1960s.

In accordance to her, if 30% is been give to females in the place to serve in other community and non-public institutions then there is a great way to increase the advancement of the nation.

The sensitization discussion board, organized by ABANTU for Improvement, with guidance from the African Women’s Enhancement Fund (AWDF), shaped section of attempts to apply a project dubbed: Strengthening Advocacy for the Passage of the Affirmative Motion Bill into Law in Ghana, whose supreme target is to protected a legal system for the ideal gender equality results for all in public lifestyle.

The job aims at acquiring and applying a nationwide affirmative action marketing campaign technique in order to fortify advocacy initiatives for the passage of the Affirmative Motion Bill into Legislation.

She also identified as on Ghana’s mass media to allocate airtime to discuss issues relating to Bill, organize and undertake interviews with stakeholders, publish articles or blog posts and mobilize citizens as a result of education to lobby members of parliament.


MoH to facilitate the passage of Blood Service Bill

MoH to facilitate the passage of Blood Service Bill

The Ministry of Wellbeing has reviewed and submitted the National Assistance Monthly bill to cabinet for thought and closing approval by Parliament.

Mrs Tina Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Wellness, who manufactured this regarded, mentioned the Invoice when passed into legislation would strengthen the regulatory regime for the provision of blood solutions in the course of the place.

The Minister was speaking at an function organised by the National Blood Services, to commemorate the 2019 World Blood Donor Working day celebration in Accra.

The Day is established apart to enjoy voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their lifestyle-saving reward of blood.

It is also to elevate awareness of the have to have for common blood donations to be certain accessibility to cost-effective and well timed source of safe blood and blood products and solutions to clients.

Mrs Mensah explained it would efficiently empower the Blood Assistance to coordinate and supervise all blood services in the nation.

The theme, “Blood Donation and Common Accessibility to Harmless Blood Transfusion” seeks to assure that folks dwelling in Ghana have access to satisfactory blood and blood solutions, which are of ample quality and with no exposure to fiscal hardship.

The Minister reported the Ministry was concerned about the perennial shortage of blood in overall health amenities.

“We will have to consequently move absent from the about-reliance on household replacement donations and embrace voluntary, nameless and unpaid blood donations to ensure sufficient and protected blood for transfusion,” she said.

The Countrywide Blood Support is implementing a Nationwide Blood Strengthening Programme (NBSSP) to expand blood provider infrastructure and also maximize availability of protected blood for transfusion in overall health facilities.

The minister also acknowledged the developing collaboration among the Countrywide Blood and a variety of spiritual bodies.

She applauded the leadership of the Ahmadiyya Mission and the complete Ahmadi neighborhood for generating voluntary blood donation part of their once-a-year convention.

She reported as a indicator of support to the NBSSP, all agencies of the ministry ended up directed to have blood donation exercises as component of their yearly prepared pursuits.

“The Ministry will guidance in extending the campaign for voluntary blood donation to other ministries, department and companies,” she included.

She urged persons to commit them selves to grow to be voluntary blood donors to assist help save lives.

The Deputy Minister also urged the media to commonly emphasize the value of voluntary blood donation to Ghanaians and provide out encouraging stories of beneficiaries to inspire other people.

Dr Justina K Ansah, the Main Executive Officer of the Countrywide Blood Services, talking at the occasion explained blood transfusion was an indispensable intervention in well being care shipping that contributed to saving 1000’s of life every single year in regimen and crisis scenarios.

She claimed a useful countrywide blood supply method that relied on regular blood donations by voluntary donors from very low hazard population was thus a prerequisite for achieving self-sufficiency in safe and sound blood and blood merchandise in Ghana.

However, the national blood provide program continued to count heavily on substitute donations by relatives relations and mates of individuals who needed blood transfusion.

Dr Ansah noted that in 2018, Ghana’s believed nationwide blood requirement was 280,000 models, but total blood collected nationwide was a tiny above 169,000 units.

Out of the overall, about 37 for every cent ended up gathered by the a few zonal Blood Centres of the National Blood Services in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.

She stated on the facet, geographic and monetary obtain to sufficient and protected blood and blood merchandise remained critical for a lot of individuals and communities.

The CEO named for the Nationwide Health Coverage Plan (NHIS) to just take up the processing charge for blood and blood items.

This she stated could make blood and blood products and solutions, labeled critical medications, out there when needed in emergency instances.

The Countrywide Blood Services awarded some spiritual bodies, establishments and secondary universities with citations for organising blood donation workouts to stock the blood financial institution.