In Ghana women are putting themselves forward for the November 7 2016 election:
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the Akropong Constituency has pledged to support women and the youth in her constituency when voted into Parliament on November 7.
In a special interview, under the ‘Women’s platform’, an initiative of GNA to project women parliamentary contestants in the upcoming election, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei noted that women’s issues could best be championed with the active participation of women.
She said even though the Akropong Constituency was a semi-urban area there were many challenges confronting women, especially in the downhill part of the area, which was mostly made up of underprivileged or underserved communities.
The aspirant disclosed that her tour of the constituency revealed that women and children needed to be empowered economically to be able to expand their businesses and trained in how to manage their trade as well.
She also noted that education, especially for girls, remained a challenge and that her achievement as a young woman parliamentarian would serve as an inspiration to girls to go to school to change their situation and that of their families and their communities at large.
The women’s platform is an initiative of the Koforidua office of the GNA, instituted in 2012, to project and support women contesting in political election in the Eastern Region. It has since interviewed and published stories of over 60 women since the 2012 general election, through the 2015 district assembly and unit committee elections to this time. — GNA