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25.05.2005 Politics

MP calls for unity among women parliamentarians

By GNA

Accra, May 25, GNA - Miss Esther Obeng-Dapaah, the Chairperson for the Parliamentary Committee on Gender and Children, requested women in Parliament to develop good working relationship with each other to enable them to presented a united front in improving the lot of women and children in the country.

She said it would be wrong for women MPs to allow personal differences to get in the way since such tendency could mar their efforts at addressing issues on women and children. Ms Obeng-Dapaah said these in an interview with the GNA in reaction to concerns raised by some people that women MPs in the previous Parliament made little progress in addressing women and children's issues because they were not united.

Ms Obeng-Dapaah, who is also the New Patriotic Party MP for Abirem, said the women in the current Parliament had shown signs of unity and readiness to work together.

She said the committee was liasing with the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs to assist in organising a sensitisation workshop on gender issues for MPs.

Ms Obeng-Dapaah said the committee had planned to organise free medical treatment for women and children in the districts. She said the group would also invest time and energy to ensure that government's policy on early childhood development through enrolment at the kindergarten level was given a boost.

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