The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chapter in the United Kingdom and Ireland Alhaji Alhassan Mbalba has on behalf of the Chapter issued a press statement to mark International Women's Day.
BELOW IS THE FULL PRESS STATEMENT:
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) -UK/IRELAND CHAPTER STATEMENT TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
The leadership of NDC-UK/Ireland Chapter would like to congratulate the gallant women and girls of Ghana for their relentless sacrifices and selfless contributions to the development of mother Ghana over the years.
The International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day is observed and celebrated on March 8 every year.
The IWD is set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and to highlight issues affecting the progress of women worldwide.
This year's theme, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” highlights the role of innovative technology in promoting gender equality and meeting the health and developmental needs of women and girls.
Let us mark this year’s IWD by highlighting some of the socio-cultural and economic factors mitigating against the progress of women - some of which are:
* Female Genital Mutilation
* Domestic Violence
* Rape in Marriage
* Outmoded Bride price
* Child marriage
* Forced Marriage
* Outmoded Widow's rites
* Poor girl child education
* Women walking long distance to fetch water and firewood
* Child Sexual Exploitation(CSE)
* Teenage pregnancy.
Let’s advocate for effective systems and actions using technology to reduce or eradicate completely the above cultural practices mitigating against women’s progress and aspirations in Ghana.
Wishing women globally and Ghanaian women in particularly a reflective, relaxing and joyous International Women’s Day.
Alhaji Alhassan Mbalba