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19.01.2005 General News

Man has been lazy since creation - MP

By JoyFM

Ablekuma South MP Causes Stir In Parliament Accra (JoyOnline) -- The NPP MP for Ablekuma South on Tuesday caused a stir in Parliament when she attempted to trace the importance of women in society using biblical examples.

Ms. Theresa Tagoe drew angry outbursts and laughter from her male colleagues on both sides of the House when she lashed out at men, saying, they had been lazy since creation.

Using quotations from the Bible, Ms Tagoe said women have been an important tool for change and development since creation.

Not even the numerous calls for point of order by her male colleagues would deter Ms. Tagoe from making her biblical arguments saying women deserve more in today's society because throughout creation men have failed to leave to the task.

She was contributing to a statement made on the floor of the House by the NPP MP for Tarkwa Nsuaem on the need to more women to participate in politics

According to Ms Tagoe, women were more hard working and made effective leaders and should therefore be empowered to play meaningful roles.

Alhaji Pelpuo Abdul-Rashid, NDC-Wa Central, said it was pointless for women to call for assistance if they did not take their own destinies into their hands by initiating a framework upon, which assistance could be extended to them.

Dr Paa Kwesi Ndoum, CPP-Komenda/edina/Eguafo/Abrem, urged the leadership of Parliament to take up the challenge of empowering women by placing them on all important committees and delegations of the house.

Nii Amasah Namoale, NDC-Dade Kotopon, said women should also focus their fight for political power by fighting for positions as heads of public institutions.

Mrs Grace Coleman, NPP-Effiduase-Asokore, said women in the last Parliament could not work effectively because they could not form a caucus and had lots of problems.

She said this Parliament had seen an improvement and pointed out that they were now ready for business.

She said that it did not make sense for women who formed about 52 per cent of the population to remain outside the corridors of power.

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