ActionAid Ghana, a Non Governmental Organization, has called for stakeholder engagement for the purpose of reducing the burden of unpaid care work on women in our society.
As part of the 2019 edition of the International Women’s Day celebration, ActionAid organized a symposium with women, girls and their allies calling on government to fulfill its commitment to securing women’s rights and economic equality by taking action for gender justice.
The campaign, aimed to advocate an economic justice system that will enable public services to help reduce the stress of unpaid care work on women, respond to violence against women and girls, provide universal access to public health care, ensure more girls get a quality public education, and support women’s economic equality.
Addressing the gathering at the symposium in Ho, Friday March 08, 2019, the Volta Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Ms. Lena Alai, said women were overburdened with child care work and reminded government of its commitments under the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and International Conventions to protect women’s rights and advance gender equality. She said Action Aid was, therefore, joining the campaign to further the call on government and state agencies to provide child care services in order to reduce the care burden of women.
She stressed the need for policy makers to promote gender-responsive services by adequately resourcing institutions such as the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service and the Social Welfare Department to be able to deliver on their mandate.
ActionAid, she said, was, therefore, calling on government to maximize available resources to invest in quality, gender-responsive public services, the care economy, and social protection; practice gender budgeting by raising and spending in ways that promote gender equality; reform tax laws so that they do not discriminate against women; and ensure women have an equal say in how public money is spent.
Taking her turn to address the gathering, the regional Director of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, C/Supt. Mary Brown, said security is a shared responsibility, and that the implementation of these recommendations could go a long way to transform the lives of women and girls in Ghana and around the world.
She further untreated men to give equal opportunity to women and children and to take active interest in things that burden women.
She encouraged women to make good use of her office (DOVVSU) to improve their conditions and their matrimonial lives
On his part, the Programmes Officer for ActionAid, Foster Adase-Adjei, reiterated the need to use the occasion to ensure and end to the many biases against women. He especially highlighted the need for the nation to uphold the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 5, which emphasizes the need for gender equality.
“What ActionAid is spearheading now are issues on unpaid care work. Unpaid care work simply refers to the jobs or works that women perform at home that they are not paid for. There are a number of chores that our mothers a sisters perform at home that they are not paid for, and we think it’s about time men are sensitized to know that they too can help with these things.”
The event was graced by the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. John Nelson Akorli, who represented the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa.
Others are the District Chief Executive of the Adaklu District, Hon. Phanuel Kade Donkor, and the Regional Director of the Department of Children, Mr. Israel Aklorbortu.