As part of reorganization strategies ahead of the December 2020 general elections, the various Women Organizers and their deputies from all 18 Constituencies in the Volta region have reaffirmed their commitment to working towards the National Democratic Congress’ victory come 2020.
The women gave this affirmation at a 2-day capacity-building workshop targeted at sensitizing the women folk of the party with regard to the party’s reorganization efforts ahead of the general elections in 2020.
The event, hosted at Hotel Stevens in Ho, has drawn a wide array of high profile speakers who took turns to address the women on assorted issues and topics for the purpose. Among these speakers are the former Transport Minister, Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor, a legal practitioner, Madam Serwaa Asiemoah Esq., and a Dep. National Director of Research of the party, Mr. Prosper Hoetu.
In an interactive session led by Mr. Hoetu, the women catalogued a myriad of factors that, in their view, are working against the mobilization efforts of the party in the various constituencies as well as at the regional level. For most of them, some constituency chairmen need a new wave of orientation with regard to their relation with the women organizers and their understanding of the mandate of the women organizers.
“Recently our chairmen went for a meeting and came to a resolution that women Organizers should be wholly subject to them in the discharge of their duties. Truly, we have absolutely no independence unless what is granted us by the chairmen. Our chairmen are a bit too domineering and controlling. Sometimes, even access to the dedicated vehicles at the various constituency offices is restricted for usage by the women wing. These and many others are crippling the organization efforts of the women wing of the party,” some of them lamented.
The workshop has passed a number of resolutions to be contained in an official Action Plan which will serve as roadmap for the activities of the women wing of the party in the region. According to a Deputy Regional Women Organizer, Mrs. Mariam Adzroe, the coming into force of the action plan will help streamline their work for effective discharge of their mandate.
“I’m glad that finally the women wing of the party in the region will be able to come out with a definite action plan for work. It has often been the case that in the absence of such a document, initiatives from our outfit have always faced severe impediments and inhibitions. Sometimes it’s sad that the very party executives who should support our activities turn around to inhibit such initiatives. Sometimes the chauvinism is so glaring that some of us are discouraged. It’s my expectation that going forward, the coming into force of this action pan will see an end to all of these” she said.