The Minister of Women and Children's Affairs (MOWAC), Hon Alima Mahama has stated that Chief Directors have the primary responsibility to ensure gender mainstreaming in their respective sectors.
She contended this was necessary as these heads are the technical and professional heads of the Ministries.
“In this regard, I am calling for the collaboration of the Office of the Head of Civil Service as the co-ordinating agency for the central entity of Government machinery in this effort to foster gender sensitivity in the public administration system.”
Hon Alima Mahama raised this issue during a day's workshop her outfit organized for Chief Directors in Accra.
The workshop was to build the capacity of the Chief Directors in overseeing gender mainstreaming in their respective sectors.
According to her, Government was committed to harnessing all the country's human resources in the national development process, to improve the social, legal, civic, political, economic and cultural conditions of the people of Ghana particularly women and children.
She said taking into account the critical role of other stakeholders in the achievement of the goals of gender issues, there was the need to establish multi-sectoral steering committees to oversee the adherence to the policy as well as the budgetary allocation.
Hon Alima pointed out that MOWAC had set up a Core Gender Expert Group that would be trained and equipped with the expertise to conduct training in gender mainstreaming across the other sectors.
She expressed appreciation to the District Capacity Building Project (DISCAP), the office of the Head of Civil Service, and the Institute of Local Government Studies for their collaboration in the programme.
By Mike Avickson