Joyce Bawah Mogtari

Joyce Bawah Mogtari, spokesperson for former President John Dramani Mahama has described as welcoming a new trend of females vying for offices on various campuses of Ghana.

According to her, the development will have a direct impact on the number of females involved in politics in the country in some years ahead.

“I am keenly following a number of youth platforms and SM handles and loving the new trends of females vying for office on the various campuses.
Of course, there’s the priceless thrill of a bevy of former female student leaders currently engaged in all sorts of enterprises and social networking activities,”

“I foresee a more robust surge of even more females in politics especially here in Ghana. Let us be encouraged and inspired to rise up to the top. The future is indeed female!” she wrote on Facebook.

Women’s political participation and representation is said to be key for gender equality.

In Ghana, women’s participation at all levels of political, social and economic life is considered low.

The 275-member 8th Parliament which was inaugurated on the 7th January 2021 has only 40 women MPs; 20 each on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) sides.

This is 14.5% of the total population of MPs as the men continue to be in the convincing majority.

According to a 2017 UN Women data, the 13% of women representation in the 7th Parliament [2017-2021] was far below the Africa average of 24% and global average of 23% (Based on women representation in unicameral parliaments or the lower house of parliaments) at the time.

That notwithstanding, Ghana, based on its own history has seen consistent growth in the number of women in Parliament since the beginning of the 4th Republic in 1992 except in 2008 when the percentage dropped from 11% to 9%.
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