As Ghana joins the rest of the world to celebrate women, many public figures have stressed the need for policy makers to empower them.

In a statement issued to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), the running mate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the just ended election, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang used the occasion to commend Ghanaian women for their tremendous contribution to nation building.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang highlighted the various roles women play at the various sectors of the country’s economy.

“Apart from the fact that women form the majority of our population, women connect directly with other aspects of development. For example, because women tend to be the principal agents of primary education and primary healthcare, money channelled into the welfare of women will mean better education and health sectors.”

“Again, women run the informal financial sector through the various markets spread across the country – receiving resources ensures that our economy will necessarily advance. A focus on improving the wellbeing of women translates into advancing toward a successful nation.”

She thus called on policymakers and the government to direct resources towards the development of women.

This, according to her is “an effective way of developing the nation.”

“We challenge all funders, policymakers, and planners, and all governments to prioritize the needs of women, considering the positive rippling effect that this focus will have on true sustained national development.”

Attached is the full statement:

Source: Daily Mail GH