Monday, March 7, 2016

Abibiman Foundation, Press Release: International Women Day celebration 2016

Press Release: International Women Day celebration 2016

March 8th each year marks International Women Day originally called international working women day. This is a day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The UN theme for this year's celebration is" planet 50_50 by 2030: step it up for gender equality”. A mission that we all have to embark on for the achievement of a society where gender parity is a basis of harmony and mutual development.

For us, it is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to honor actions of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of our country and communities. As this year marks another year for elections in Ghana, Abibimman Foundation would like to use this day to promote the interests of women in leadership as the previous elections saw more women in positions which would be a drive and motivation for others in the ultimate goal of achieving gender parity in some few years to come. Abibimman Foundation’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration is “The role of women in national elections and governance" as a talk on the progress made by women in positions would help other nations make way for such inputs.

Abibimman Foundation therefore urges all Ghanaians and organizations to know that discrimination, stigmatization and outrage are major barriers to the achievement of gender parity as to suit the UN theme for this year's celebration " planet 50_50 by 2030: step it up for gender equality”.

The role of women in national elections and governance is important and therefore, women’s rights has to be at the center of every political party’s manifesto as a strategy to address the staggering and growing challenge of gender parity. There is therefore the need to stress for platforms to discuss issues that militated against women’s empowerment. Women play an important role in society when it comes to elections and governance. As we approach yet another season of election where tension and violence are prone in certain communities, there is the need for extra measures for peace and security to be put in place for their rights to be protected by stakeholders and organizations.

Everyone, both men and women can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly, whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

Christiana Boni
Projects Coordinator (Gender and Human Rights)
Abibimman Foundation

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