Ghana yesterday joined the rest of the world to mark the International Women’s Day.
The day is set aside by the international community to serve as a focal point in the movement for women’s right.
It is pertinent that, as a nation we do not lose sight of the plight of women in Ghana and the urgency on the part of the government, to address some nagging issues that hinder the actualisation of the potentials of the female gender.
It may seem a coincidence that this event is coming just after the unacceptable and reprehensible manner in which the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya Constituency Sarah Adwoa Safo, is being treated by not only some of her colleagues in parliament but by members of her party; the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
A country that does not recognize the role women play in nation building is doom to fail. As a newspaper, we find the treatment of Adwoa Safo, reprehensible and must be condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s day was, “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, which also seeks to recognise the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response so as to build a more sustainable future for all.
If women are to play their role in this regard effectively, then it is imperative that all factors that make adequate representation of women in decision-making must be eliminated.
As a newspaper, we are in sympathy with the plight of Adwoa Safo, she is among the few women, who decided to put herself up for election in a context that usually the preserve of men.
We are perplexed that, despite the few women we have in politics, a party will come so hard on one of its members, who happens to be a woman.
It is not too late in our opinion