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WiLDAF petitions Mahama to appoint 40% women in new government
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah          Published On: December 18, 2012, 20:36 GMT
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WiLDAF petitions Mahama to appoint 40% women in new government

Nana Oye Lithur is one of the women recommended for positions in the new government

The Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) has presented names of 65 women it says can be appointed by President John Mahama in his government.

The names were contained in a petition signed by Bernice Sam, Executive Director, WiLDAF Ghana, and sent to the president.

The petition was headlined “Affirmative Action: Appoint 40% Women in NDC Government.”

WiLDAF says the NDC must in fulfillment of its own manifesto in 2012 have 40 per cent of women representation in all public appointments.

The group named the following as likely candidates capable to be named in President Mahama’s government; Anima Wilson, current deputy Minister for Ashanti Region, Emelia Arthur current Deputy Minister for Western Region and for Shama DCE; Hannah Tetteh, Current Minister for Trade and Industry; Elizabeth Amoah Tetteh, outgoing MP for Twifo Ati-Mokwa; Mary Boforo, MP for Savelugu; Joana Opare Gender expert and activist;Faustina Nelson, former National Vice Chairman of NDC; Helen Ntonso MP elect Krachi West.

Others are; Nana Oye Lithur CEO Human Rights Advocacy Group, Sedinam Tamaklo, CEO National Youth Authority, Prof Jane NaanaOpoku Agyemang former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast; Hajia Hajara Ali Musa, Member Council of State, Prof Ewurama Addy Former Head of Dept Biochemist Dept University of Ghana, Bernice Sam CEO,WiLDAF and Gender Activist and many others.

The petition recommended among others that the ”president should fulfill his promise of ensuring 40% women are represented in the new government, Commissions and other public bodies.”

“The NDC government must fulfill their Better Ghana Agenda Manifesto of having 40% women in public office by proposing names of women and supporting the president’s efforts.

“ The Appointment Committee of Parliament should reject the executive’s list of nominations for Ministerial, Deputy Ministerial and other public appointment if the list does not contain at least 40% females.”

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