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Ghana urged to support demands of rural women     

By Alex Osei-Boateng ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- The Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF-Ghana) and Oxfam in Ghana on Wednesday called on government, traditional leaders and other key stakeholders to support and honor the demands of rural women proclaimed in the Kilimanjaro Initiative Charter of Demands as way of advancing women’s land rights in Ghana.

Ghana joined the global community to observe International Women’s Day (IWD) which is marked annually on March 8.

The theme for this year’s Day is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

The Kilimanjaro Initiative is a campaign spearheaded by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which brought together over 500 rural women from across 22 African countries, including Ghana, to the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, where they developed and proclaimed a Charter of Demands on access to land and natural resources in October, 2016.

The Charter contains 15 provisions emanating from rural women on strengthening their land rights, six of which have been prioritized by key Ghanaian land and agricultural stakeholders.

They include sensitization of leaders on the laws and policies on land, women empowerment by enabling them access their land rights, technology and financial resources to improve their livelihood.

It also includes a ban on harmful and oppressive cultural practices that undermine women’s rights, including those that prohibit women to inherit land and other resources, among others.

“WiLDAF Ghana therefore calls on government, traditional leaders and other land sector stakeholders to commit resources to the actualization of the Charter of Demands in ensuring its desired outcomes,” the statement said.

In a statement read on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, Minister for Gender and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba stressed the need to restore, protect and promote the dignity of women for their empowerment.

Former Ghanaian President John Mahama urged all actors to “commit to making the world a better place for all girls and women.”

A child and family focused organization in Ghana, J Initiative, called on the Education Ministry to incorporate proper menstrual hygiene management in public schools.

“We also take the occasion to appeal to social bodies and religious leaders as well as all boys and men to take it upon themselves to make girls feel a lot more comfortable during their periods by removing the stigma associated with menstruation in family and other social settings,” it said in a statement.

             

 

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