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
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.
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.
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
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.