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17.06.2006 General News

National Identity Card system will benefit women

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The Executive Chairman of National Identification Authority, Professor Ernest Dumor has said that the National Identity Card System would make it easier to identify challenges facing women for proper government attention.

He says the existing structures and processes for reaching out to the needy in society are flawed since resources meant for such people end up in wrong hands.

Prof. Dumor made the comments in an interview with Luv News at a special forum in Kumasi on National Identification System and its benefits for Women and Children

Directors of the Women and Children Ministry and allied departments as well as leaders of women groups from all ten regions of the country also attended the one day session.

Prof Dumor said the forum was to afford women leaders the opportunity to deliberate on factors that are likely to impede the implementation of the National Identification Card System due to begin next year.

He was hopeful that when the project commences it would help in addressing challenges facing women and children in the country.

He said, “those who are poor and vulnerable in the society, most of them are women and therefore it is very important for us to let them be aware of the importance of this system for transforming the condition and the status of women and children, especially the women in the department of children within the ministry of women and children Affairs who have the expertise, they have the contacts, they have the networks and so if we talk to them they can advise us on how to target the women so that they can bring along the children during the time of mass registration.”

Some of the participants who spoke to Luv News expressed optimism that the success of the National Identification System will be beneficial to all Ghanaians.

Below are some of the ideas some participants shared with LUV News

“We have seen the need to let women understand that it is necessary for them to register their children for themselves to be registered and we need to teach them what benefits can accrue to them when these sittings are included, then we have proper data for health delivery processes for women to access benefits'.

”I think its going to help women and children. Since I'm from the Children's Commission I think for instance, with the six killer diseases, I hope to see the NIS is put in place and will help various parents so that they will get access to the hospital”

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