Majority New Patriotic Party (NPP) Women’s Caucus in Parliament has launched a campaign to extract an apology from the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) for supposedly attacking the personality of new member for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.
The caucus argued that the display of placards by members of the minority last Tuesday with the inscription ‘bloody widow’ is a vicious attack on the dignity of the new member and on efforts made every year to attain Gender Parity and empower women.
Deputy Majority leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo, who addressed the media, noted that to use such words on a widow who had just buried her husband was an affront to widowhood and an unsavoury conduct from lawmakers.
She argued that in 2016 the NDC elected Mrs. Linda Ocloo as parliamentary candidate for Shai Osidoku and supported her to become an MP when her husband William Ocloo died in a road accident.
The then NPP minority women’s caucus, she said, welcomed the addition of another female to the House and indeed embraced her presence wholeheartedly
She said, “We are therefore pained by the fact that some women MPs on the minority side partook in this shameful action, the image of which will forever be a hefty blow on their conscience as women leaders in society.”
The deputy majority leader argued that there are only 37 women out of 275 members in Ghana’s Parliament, representing 13% of the total number adding, “Hon. Lydia’s electoral victory brings the number of female MPs in Ghana to 38.
“It is therefore worrying if women who boldly and willingly offer themselves to serve their nation are treated this way. Where is the security of our democracy?”
“Women all over the world have proven that we are capable of manning public affairs and thus our value and respect must be duly accorded us at all times,” she stated.
According to her, the language on the placards was disgustingly unparliamentary and stressed that Lydia Alhassan’s ability to inherit her husband in Parliament is a true reflection of her ability.
Women, she said, represent about 51% of the total population of Ghana and therefore their efforts cannot be downplayed in the development of the country.
She said, “Issues like this has the tendency of discouraging many women from actively participating in politics. In this 21st century, no nation can do better without a sizeable number of women in governance.”
The caucus, she said, unreservedly condemns the act of the minority, which is a disrespectful and inhumane attack on the dignity and integrity of womanhood and a brutal violation of Standing Order 93 (2).
She urged the minority to render an unqualified apology to the new member for Ayawaso West Wuogon, and to all widows and women in general.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org