NETRIGHT launches gender mainstreaming standards policy

NETRIGHT launches gender mainstreaming standards policy

The Network for Women’s Right in Ghana (NETRIGHT), an economic, justice, advocacy network has launched a Gender Mainstreaming Standards (GMS) policy document aimed at ensuring that gender-based issues are well tackled during crisis.

The document which was launched at a stakeholders’ meeting in Accra was necessitated by the difficulties encountered by women, children and some marginalised groups during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and will serve as a policy guideline for govern­ments.

It will also help government to iden­tify the needs of these critical groups of people in society during pandemics and offer guidance on how best to respond to their needs.

There was also a discussion on how to get 40 per cent of women to take up leadership roles in the financial sector.

The forum brought together diverse stakeholders including gender focused Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), women’s rights groups, trade associ­ations, academia, private sector and development partners.

Mrs Bernice Sam (Esq), a Consultant, said the needs of women, children and some marginalised groups such as the disabled, were not catered for although there were interventions in place by the government in response to the pandemic in the areas of health­care, education, social protection, formal and informal sector.

She said in the area of social protec­tion, women who were abused could not report because of the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On interventions in the informal sector, Mrs Sam applauded the govern­ment for the loans given out to small and medium scale businesses but indi­cated that the amount of loans granted to men-owned business were more.

She observed that communication during the pandemic was mostly on­line, a platform a lot of women were not familiar with.

Providing remedies to the challenges, Mrs Sam said during pandemics or any other crisis, there should be a budget specifically to tackle issues relating to gender.

She said special funds should be put aside to take care of women-owned businesses.

Mrs Sam also urged the government to ensure that there was digital litera­cy where women could use basic tools to communicate during crisis.

The Head of Secretariat at NE­TRIGHT, Mrs Patricia Blankson Akakpo, said there were a lot of women in the financial sector, but only 10 per cent held leadership positions.

She therefore, called on stakeholders in the gender mainstreaming to ensure that well-thought-out measures were put in place to get women to lead in the financial sector.

Sustainability Manager of ABANTU, Hamida Harrison (front) launching the policy with other stakeholders

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu

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