2018 Mother’s Day: Otiko hails Ghanaian Women

Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon Otiko Afisah Djaba

As the World observes this year’s Mothers Day, today, May 13, 2018, Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Djaba has said that, Ghanaian women have demonstrated empirically their creative, managerial, imaginative and innovative capacities.

She mentioned that, among the numerous role models that represent the fortitude, charisma and success of the Ghanaian women are the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo, Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, the Chief Justice of Ghana, Madam Sophia Akuffo, Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Opare Osei, Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei and many others.

“A special mention to my dear mother, Mrs. Shiata Bawah for her love and care for me, she added.” The Ministry salutes the numerous women achievers in the Corporate World, Women Parliamentarians, Ministers, women in the informal sector, academia and the security agencies, among others.”

Delivering her speech to mark the 2018 Mother’s Day over the weekend, the Gender Minister noted that, mothers worldwide are recognized, acknowledged and accredited as the bedrock of human civilization because without mothers, there is no human existence. She added that, while not belittling the role of fathers, it is an indisputable fact that the role of mothers in the birth and nurturing of humanity has no substitute.

“Mothers are first to rise at the crack of dawn and the last to shut their eyes in the depths of night, Mothers are the source of sustenance and the fount of love, Mothers are our store of sympathy and our fortification of protection, for mothers, no sacrifice is impracticable to protect, nurture and sustain their young, all human beings owe our upbringing largely to the dedication, love and sacrifice of our incomparable mothers, she opined.”

Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba however on behalf of the government of Ghana commended mothers of the country in particular and the world in general for their contributions, and sacrifice. She stated that, as the sector Minister, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is keenly aware of the challenges, difficulties and tribulations of women and therefore, are leaving no stone unturned in the struggle to ensure equity, justice and fairness in governance, and the allocation of resources in Ghana.

Adding that, the contribution of women to the country’s economy over the years has been tremendous and visible to all in the economic, social, political, religious, health and educational spheres. It is largely common that, Ghanaian women are found working in the informal sector; from small-scale farming activities and retail businesses. It is estimated that women make up about 85 per cent of the wholesale and retail trading business sectors.

Notwithstanding the economic improvement of women, Hon Otiko observed that, cultural, educational and economic challenges persist and affect the progress of many which need to be surmounted. She disclosed that, Ghana has developed policies and laws such as the National Gender Policy, Affirmative Action Bill, Social Protection Policy, and the Free SHS, etc, to gradually provide a conducive environment for empowering mothers and future mothers to regain their self-worth and dignity. She also lamented that, despite the policies, laws and programs, our young girls who are future mothers of Ghana continue to suffer dehumanizing practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Child marriage, defilement and sexual abuse among others.


story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com _ mgadafi45@gmail.com

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