Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Running Mate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the party will pass the Affirmative Action Bill if voted into power.
Ms Opoku-Agyemang said the passing of the Bill will increase the participation of women in key decision-making roles.
In a statement to commemorate the 2020 International Day of the Girl Child, the NDC running mate further said the time has come for the nation to remove barriers that hinder the progress of women in the country.
“We will pass into law the Affirmative Action Bill. We will execute our plan to provide free sanitary pads to girls in basic schools, and invest in infrastructure and teacher training to improve quality and access at that level of education.”
“We will propose a bill to address sexual harassment in schools and elsewhere; we will operationalize support and protection programs for victims of domestic violence; and we will eliminate medical exam fees for survivors of sexual assault.”
Meanwhile Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison, Morrison says the Affirmative Action Bill is in its final stages.
Ms Morrison says the bill should be passed in 2021 in the NPP retains power.
The Affirmative Action Bill will seek to address the social, cultural, economic and political gender imbalance in Ghana based on the historical discrimination against women emanating from persistent patriarchal sociocultural systems and norms.