Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, says there is a collective commitment from both Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, to the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law.
Addressing a coalition of civil society organisations led by star Ghana, which on Saturday marched on the streets of Tamale to demand the passage of the bill, the Tamale South legislator said the Speaker of Parliament has referred the Bill to leadership for assessment, before it will be passed into law.
The Affirmative Action Bill, which has suffered a number of setbacks for about 10 years now, is supposed to increase the participation of women in decision making.
It provides for a 40% representation and participation of women in governance, public positions of power and decision making
In August, a group of civil society organisations, including Hope for Future Generation, Youth Action Movement, Star Ghana and Women in Politics Training, marched to the Presidency to mount pressure on the government to pass the Affirmative Action Bill.
The walk commenced at the Obra Spot in Accra went through Makola Market – Rawlings Park – High Streets – the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection – Parliament House before ending at Flag Staff House.
Mr Iddrisu stated the plan is to make sure Parliament does not only pass a law but one that would stand the test of time.
“The Affirmative Action Law should be able to help address some socio-economic and political inequities in the delivery of services in the country. I would not propose a percentage but rather what is workable for us is to proportionate it to the population of Ghana,” he added.
The Programmes Manager of the Northern Sector Awareness Creation (NORSAAC), Mohammed Awal, said they will not relent on their push to demand the passage of the bill into law.