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Pass Affirmative Action Bill Now – CSOs to government

The National Coordinator of the Local Government Network (LOGNET) , Mr. Christopher Dapaah has called on government to pass the Affirmative Action Bill into law with the immediate effect.

This call was made at Round table Discussion organised by CDD Ghana for CSOs, Political parties Representatives and the Media under the theme -Averting the excessive Delays in Passing the affirmative Action Bill -the role of the stakeholders.

Mr. Dapaah said that passing the bill has taken too long which had dire consequences for women when it come to ensuring a level playing field for both men and women.

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In an interview with Peace FM Reporter Addai Mununkum Sunyani, Mr Christopher Dapaah said Affirmative Action Bill is a legal space aimed at removing discrimination, improving the rights of women, marginalised groups, who have been historically disadvantaged.

The Affirmative Action Bill seeks to remove the historical low representation, participation of women in all decision making spaces, while promoting democracy and development through effective participation of all citizens he said.

He explained that drafting of Ghana’s Affirmative Action Bill began as far back as the year 2011 , however till date, the Bill has still not been passed.

That, CDD Ghana , Member of Local Government Network – LOGNet is teaming up with over 250 CSOs , and other key stakeholders therefore calling on the the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Parliament to hasten all process to get the Affirmative Action Bill passed into Law before next elections.

Mr. Christopher Dapaah also indicated that countries such as South Africa and Rewanda were already in the lead with respect to gender equality in governance through affirmative action law. Hence the need for Ghana to hasten in passing the bill in to law.

Filed by Addai Mununkum Sunyani

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