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CHRAJ urges Parliament to pass Affirmative Action Bill

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The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has called on Parliament to pass the Affirmative Action Bill swiftly.

The bill is intended to rectify economic, social and educational gender imbalances.

In a statement signed by Mr Joseph Whittal, Commissioner of CHRAJ, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra to mark the International Women’s Day, the Commission charged Parliament to consider a Legislative Instrument to set out the modalities for implementation so that the law would not become dysfunctional.

The Commission called for “a committed leadership and sustained effort in creating an all-inclusive environment for all, especially women and girls, to thrive in the field of work.

The statement noted that the 2017 International Women’s Day on the theme: “Women in the changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030,” underscored the need to accelerate the 2030 Agenda by building momentum for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

The Goal five of the SDG seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and Goal four: ensure inclusive and quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning, are of high priority.

The Commission said there was no gainsaying the fact that Ghanaian women continued to face a myriad of challenges, which held them back from reaching their full potential including opportunities in the world of work.

The Commission therefore urged the Government to implement the National Gender policy in order to mainstream gender equality into national development process and ensure improvement in the political, economic and socio-economic conditions of the vulnerable.

“Progress across the globe will not be possible if women continue to be denied their full human rights and opportunities,” the statement noted.

“CHRAJ, therefore, calls on all stakeholders to work together to ensure women and girls enjoy equal access to quality education, economic resources, and political participation, as well as equal employment, leadership, and decision-making at all levels.”

Source: GNA

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