GENEVA, Oct 24 (BERNAMA-NNN-GNA) — Ghana has outlined affirmative action to rectify errors of the past, particularly as they relate to discrimination against women, says Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur.
In view of the renewed commitment, the national medium-term development policy framework will provide the overall structure for improving the participation of women in key sectors of the economy, as well as putting in place measures to bridge the inequality gap between men and women.
She said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) here Wednesday on the sidelines of the 59th Session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which taking place from Oct 20 to Nov 7.
Nana Oye Lithur, who is leading Ghana’s delegation to the meeting, said the government, through the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA), had developed broad policy guidelines and strategic direction to increasing the role of women in existing sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, and emerging areas like the energy, oil and gas sectors.
She said the government was prosecuting an agenda to eliminate impediments to women’s access to productive employment opportunities; whilst creating enabling conditions for increasing women’s education and training in entrepreneurship, general management and business management, skills training and confidence-building.
Specific policy interventions to encourage women to go into high income earning activities include cash crop farming, agro-processing, horticulture production for export, and ICT; expanding business advisory services targeted at promoting businesses of women and provide financial and non-financial assistance including access to market.
The government had also instituted measures to remove unfavourable institutional culture that portrayed women differently from what they really were at the work place, she said.