A technical working group on the implementation of the Ghana National Plan of Action (GHANAP-2) on UN Resolution 1325 was inaugurated in Peduase in the Eastern region.
The group has been tasked with ensuring that all forms of obstacles impeding the advancement of women in governance and decision-making are reduced, if not eliminated.
It is made up of representatives from academia, government ministries, departments and agencies, security organizations and civil society organizations (CSOs).
With a focus on gender, the inaugural meeting discussed at length the need to sensitize girls and women so that they are empowered to participate in governance and decision-making.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR) is the first official and legal document of the United Nations Security Council to address the plight of women and girls in conflict situations.
It is a policy framework that provides a number of operational mandates with implications for policy makers, policy makers and funding components.
The document calls for special measures to increase women’s participation in peace processes, including conflict resolution, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, as well as emergency planning for relief and reconstruction in China. time of crisis or disaster.
The resolution focuses primarily on women’s leadership and participation, protecting women and girls from gender-based violence, and promoting the rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations.
In a speech on her behalf, Madame Cecilia Dapaah, Acting Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, said that Ghana, as a Member State of the UN and through the adoption of UNSCR 1325 , was obliged to prepare a country-specific national action plan for implementation. of the resolution.
The Ministry of Gender spearheaded the development of GHANAP 1 and a review in 2017 resulted in the development of GhANAP 2 for a five-year period from 2020 to 2025.
Despite GHANAP 1 and many other national gender frameworks and laws, inequalities and obstacles in the path of women and girls remain high.
Ms. Dapaah instructed the technical committee to work hard to address the gaps identified after the first implementation to ensure full protection for women, children and people with disabilities.
Madame Faustina Acheampong, Head of the Gender Department, said that GHANAP 1 is anchored on the pillars of participation, prevention and protection aimed at ensuring the rights, interests and special needs of women and girls.
She said that it has been integrated into the formulation and implementation of policies to improve their protection in ordinary times as well as in conflict situations.
GHANAP 1 focused on the full representation and active participation of women in conflict prevention, resolution, crisis mediation and security management at all levels of Ghanaian society.
The success story is that currently, compared to other countries, Ghana sends around 12% of female uniformed personnel to international peacekeeping operations, making Ghana the second largest contributor of women to international peacekeeping. worldwide, in accordance with UNSCR 1325.
But governance and decision-making remain weak as well as gender-based violence and all forms of abuse against vulnerable people.
Ms. Acheampong said that with regard to participation in peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes, little has been done to strengthen the capacity of women to participate effectively in early warning, mediation and conflict management.
She added that their participation has remained largely in the informal sphere, despite the potential of buses among the female population.
On this point, she noted that GHANAP 2 would focus on strategies aimed at reviving all forms of obstacles to the full participation of women in governance and decision-making.
“The number of women in parliament, for example, indicates that much remains to be done to bridge the gap,” she said.
Although Ghana has not experienced any serious conflict, she said there have been pockets of natural disasters such as floods and tidal waves.
“But in all of these situations, the real needs of women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities are not critically assessed to provide the necessary response,” she added.
Gender consultant Euphemia Dzathor, who led the plenary, said patriarchy and the way girls are socialized play a very disadvantaged role in bridging the gender gap.
She called on the technical team to use outreach and awareness to change the perception of involving more women in governance and decision-making.