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Objectively, President Akufo-Addo said nothing wrong in his presentation at the Women Deliver Conference in Canada. Women’s participation in the governance and decision making processes have been a major and topical discussion worldwide.

As we are actively clamuoring for women to actively participate in the decision making process, we cannot also close our eyes and pretend there aren’t certain socio-cultural factors and barriers preventing women from reaching the level we all desire.

As a people and society, we must admit that we have not done enough dynamism, activism or initiative to get women to the decision-making table. Women in politics are each day abused both physically and emotionally. Just recently in Ghana, a certain female parliamentarian was abused and humiliated on the basis of being a widow. Where and what will be the inspiration and motivation for other women to participate in this governance system?

Rather than bastardizing the President for stating the obvious, we as women must rise and fight the barriers, the impediments and the obstacles preventing us from reaching the decision making table.

Sitting in conference rooms and advocating for slots, quota, positions and other special privileges will not get us the needed and meaningful results as fast as we will want it. The bar and yardstick should not be lowered for us because we are women. Instead, let us rise and clear the hurdles and the impediments so we can compete freely and fairly. Positions must not be given to us just because of our sex/gender. Our inclusion in the governance system/process must be based on our competence and our potentials and not because we are women.

Fortunately, the President was on stage with 18 year-old Natasha, who showed verve, determination, and the ability to be a politician. There are a lot of such Natashas’ in our society today. Let’s nurture our young ladies. Let’s give them the education and exposure they need. Building capacity isn’t about undue competition but a favorable exchange of intellectual acumen and competence.

Thank you Mr. President for stating the obvious truth and reminding us that, serving the society or your country isn’t about your gender/sex but it’s about how competent, dynamic and capable one is.

Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei
Dep. Information Minister
MP for Akuapem North

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/politics/gender-dynamism-remarks-president-akufo-addo-was-spot-on-deputy-info-minister.html

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Feminism is a scam – US political activist Candace Owens

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Candace Owens in a speech at the Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit on June 6 gave the audience of young women a brief background on her past as a liberal Democrat. It was a college course — Feminism 101 — that made her realize that feminism was not for her.

The “BLEXIT” founder argued that feminism — once a good thing — has been hijacked by the left.

 

Watch the video below;

“What the left is really good at doing is hijacking a term that once meant something and pretending that it’s still the same thing when, in fact, it’s not,” Owens said.

“Really, if you want to see something toxic, tell a feminist — who says they support every idea a woman has — tell a feminist that you’re not a feminist and see what happens. See the way that you get treated,” she continued.

“I can’t think of women that are nastier and meaner than the ones who exist under these pussy hats, right?” she added.

Owens pivoted to her distaste for the #MeToo movement and the backlash she received for speaking against it. However, she said the truth eventually came out in the form of the Kavanaugh hearings.

“Suddenly, everybody woke up and they realized that this was not about empowering women,” she said. “This was not a movement that was really about giving people a voice who have struggled in their past. It was about getting power and getting it by any means necessary.”

She said the “bitter” and “angry” left can’t understand the fact that men and women cannot be separated and blasted the left for telling women otherwise.

She told the crowd about an upsetting comment she read online after having a conversation on the dangers of feminism with Allie Beth Stuckey. The comment was from a 55-year-old woman who said she fell for the modern day feminist lies, leaving her with no children and forcing her to take medication regularly.

“If there’s anything I could go back and do, I would’ve warned myself against the scam of feminism,” the woman wrote.

Owens brought up a number of far-left feminist icons in Hollywood, including Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus, and Chelsea Handler.

“I believe these voices like Lena Dunham, and Miley Cyrus, and Chelsea Handler are convincing women against themselves, telling women, ‘You don’t need a man. You don’t need anyone. You should want to do everything by yourself. And if you do aspire to that — if you aspire toward nature — then something’s wrong with you,’” Owens said.

She told the crowd to “pause” and ask the following question: “Who is the most extreme feminist you know today?”

Owens named Handler, Dunham, Sarah Silverman, and Alyssa Milano as some that came to mind.

“Ask yourself a very simple question: Do you think those women are happy?” she asked. “There’s no chance that they’re happy.”

“That is why I believe feminism is a scam,” she continued. “It’s not about uplifting women. It’s about tearing women down.”Candace Owens kicked off Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit Thursday afternoon and blasted the “scam” of feminism during a passionate speech.

Candace Owens gave the audience of young women a brief background on her past as a liberal Democrat. It was a college course — Feminism 101 — that made her realize that feminism was not for her.

The “BLEXIT” founder argued that feminism — once a good thing — has been hijacked by the left.

“What the left is really good at doing is hijacking a term that once meant something and pretending that it’s still the same thing when, in fact, it’s not,” Owens said.

“Really, if you want to see something toxic, tell a feminist — who says they support every idea a woman has — tell a feminist that you’re not a feminist and see what happens. See the way that you get treated,” she continued.

“I can’t think of women that are nastier and meaner than the ones who exist under these pussy hats, right?” she added.

Owens pivoted to her distaste for the #MeToo movement and the backlash she received for speaking against it. However, she said the truth eventually came out in the form of the Kavanaugh hearings.

“Suddenly, everybody woke up and they realized that this was not about empowering women,” she said. “This was not a movement that was really about giving people a voice who have struggled in their past. It was about getting power and getting it by any means necessary.”

She said the “bitter” and “angry” left can’t understand the fact that men and women cannot be separated and blasted the left for telling women otherwise.

She told the crowd about an upsetting comment she read online after having a conversation on the dangers of feminism with Allie Beth Stuckey. The comment was from a 55-year-old woman who said she fell for the modern day feminist lies, leaving her with no children and forcing her to take medication regularly.

“If there’s anything I could go back and do, I would’ve warned myself against the scam of feminism,” the woman wrote.

Owens brought up a number of far-left feminist icons in Hollywood, including Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus, and Chelsea Handler.

“I believe these voices like Lena Dunham, and Miley Cyrus, and Chelsea Handler are convincing women against themselves, telling women, ‘You don’t need a man. You don’t need anyone. You should want to do everything by yourself. And if you do aspire to that — if you aspire toward nature — then something’s wrong with you,’” Owens said.

She told the crowd to “pause” and ask the following question: “Who is the most extreme feminist you know today?”

Owens named Handler, Dunham, Sarah Silverman, and Alyssa Milano as some that came to mind.

“Ask yourself a very simple question: Do you think those women are happy?” she asked. “There’s no chance that they’re happy.”

“That is why I believe feminism is a scam,” she continued. “It’s not about uplifting women. It’s about tearing women down.”

She is known for her pro-Trump activism and her criticism of Black Lives Matter and of the Democratic Party.

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: www.breitbart.com

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UNFPA Pursues End to Obstetric Festula

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With an estimated 1,300 fistula cases occurring each year in Ghana, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for stronger government commitment in addressing the issue.

The UN agency said the country’s health system needed to do more to reach the 1,200 fistula cases that are left untreated each year in order to eliminate the suffering of affected persons.

Deputy UNFPA Country Representative, Erika Goldson, speaking at a press briefing in Accra to mark the 2019 International Day to End Obstetric Fistula themed “Fistula is a human rights violation – end it now!,” said the persistence of obstetric fistula in the country and the world at large was a reflection of the broader health inequalities and healthcare system constraints.

She said the condition which affected two million women in 55 low income countries, is caused by injuries to the birth canal of a women or girl after prolonged and obstructed labour, resulting in the leakage of urine or faeces or both, through the vagina.

The condition leaves humiliating effects on its sufferers as the victims are often subjected to isolation, shame and stigmatization.

Ms. Goldson said conditions like the lack of access to family planning, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care, in addition to the violation of the rights of women and girls, contributed to the poor treatment of affected persons.

“We must also promote education and broader human rights; foster community participation in finding solutions, such as the active involvement of men, adolescents and youth, as well as seeking the help of fistula survivors as advocates,” she added.

The UNFPA together with its global partners had since 2003 been engaged in the long battle against obstetric fistula.

In Ghana, the UNFPA together with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), launched a National Obstetric Fistula Prevention and Management Strategy in 2017 and also the 100 in 100 initiative as part of the implementation strategy.

Professor Anyetei T. Lassey, the Chairman of the National Obstetric Fistula Task Force, said the average cost of fistula treatment including surgery and post-operative care, was approximately GH¢ 3,200, and appealed to institutions to support the initiative financially to repair more cases and put smiles back on the faces of the victims.

Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, the Director of the Family Health Division, GHS, said the development of obstetric fistula was directly linked to one of the major causes of maternal and infant mortality, as majority of women often lose their babies.

 

 

 

SOURCE: DAILYGUIDEAFRICA

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More Support for Gender, Sexual Violence Victims

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Anne Claire Dufay – UNICEF Country Rep speaking at the event

WOMEN AND girls who suffer sexual and gender based violence can now have access to improve essential services with the launch of a new document.

The ‘Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence’ forms part of the United Nations (UN) agencies’ partnership to provide greater access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectoral services for all women and girls who have experienced gender based violence.

It seeks to address the issue of fragmented services often provided to victims of such violence by identifying the essential services to be provided by the health, social services, police and the justice sectors.

It also spells out the guidelines for the coordination process and mechanisms for service delivery of the core elements of each essential service to ensure high quality service for women and girls experiencing violence.

The document which was launched in Accra by the UN system was produced with support of UNFPA’s West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO).

Anne Claire Dufay, UNICEF Country Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, who launched the document, and opened a three-day workshop for stakeholders, stressed the importance of effective coordination in the provision of essential services to victims of gender and sexual based violence.

She said “it is very important to coordinate effectively to ensure that we have a solid protections system for women, for girls, for children in place with good data, good referral mechanism and good case management.”

She again noted that the SDGs cannot be attained if the issue of gender and sexual based violence is not addressed thus urging the relevant stakeholders to make the implementations of the provisions of the document a priority.

Deputy UNFPA Country Representative Ghana, Erica Goldson, in her remarks said the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly targets the end of discrimination and elimination of all forms of violence and harmful practices against all women and girls.

However, she said despite the many commitments to eliminate discrimination against women and girls, it remains pervasive in every society and country with victims often lacking access for safety and protection.

Therefore this document she said see to it that every victim of violence have prompt access to the full range of essential services, including sexual and reproductive health services, support to ensure mental and physical health, well-being, and safety, and access to justice.

“This means that survivors of physical and sexual violence must have rapid access to a health clinic that can and will administer emergency medical care and counseling; they must have access to the police to file a criminal report, and a respectful, informed reception,” she noted.

She added that “and they must have access to medical practitioners who can conduct a forensic examination within 72 hours of the attack, and who they are able to consult within their cultural requirements.”

The UNFPA Deputy Country Representative further observed that the provision of the essential services would include a safe place for a woman and her children, if she is experiencing domestic violence, or is a victim of trafficking.

“In all cases, it is essential to place women’s full human rights at the centre of any response. These services not only provide immediate support and recovery, they will help us to stop impunity,” she stressed.

 

 

 

SOURCE: DAILYGUIDEAFRICA

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