PRESENTED BY:

                         HON. JULIANA AZUMAH- MENSAH (MRS.)
                                   MP AND MINISTER
                                             10TH JULY, 2012

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   Mr. Chairman,

   Hon Deputy Ministers

   Members of the Ministerial Advisory Board

   Chief Directors

   Directors and Staff of MOWAC

   Development Partners

   CSOs and NGOs

   Friends of the Media

   Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

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The Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWAC) is the statutory national
   machinery responsible for the promotion of gender equality, equity, women’s
   empowerment as well as ensuring the survival, protection, development and
   participation of children in Ghana.

   The Ghana Shared Growth and development Agenda makes provisions for the
    need to strengthen the position of women and children so as to facilitate their
    contribution to national development. The programmes and activities of the
    Ministry for the reviewing year, were therefore aimed at achieving the
    Government’s Development policy objectives as clearly outlined in the
    Ghana’s Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA), 2010-2013.

   In addition to embarking on programmes under the key thematic areas in
    the GSGDA, our Ministry followed through the activities outlined under the
    various international obligations relevant to the mandate of MOWAC, that
    Ghana is a party to.

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Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen; I would like to mention in brief,
   the key international obligations that fall within the mandate of MOWAC as
 1.   The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs;)

 2.   The Convention on     the Elimination of All   forms of Discrimination Against
      Women (CEDAW)

 3.   The UN Commission on the Status of Women

 4.   International Women’s Day Celebration

 5.   African Women’s Decade (AWD)

 6.   Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA)

 7.   African Union Day of the Child.

 8.   Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

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Mr. Chairman:
 MOWAC has two (2) implementing Departments; Department of Women and
  Department of Children with representation in all the ten regions.

 In addition, MOWAC runs the Human Trafficking (HT), Domestic Violence (DV)
  and the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Secretariats, and the
  Gender Responsive Skills and Community Development Project (GRSCDP).

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  Key Gender Issues
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen:
Before I proceed with the interventions that were earmarked for the reviewing year,
  permit me to update my distinguished audience on the key gender issues that impact
  on the country’s sustainable socio-economic development agenda.
Notable among them are :
 Gender discrimination in access to and control over productive resources, and social
  services that exacerbate women’s vulnerability to poverty.
 Maternal Health Issues. According to       the UNICEF annual report (published in
  October 2011), the new estimates for 2009 on Ghana’s maternal mortality rate is
  at 350 deaths per 100,000 live births in comparison to the MDG target of 185
  deaths per 100, 000 live births. There is still a long way to achieving the MDG
 Relatively high incidence of breast and cervical cancer.
 Child protection issues (ie. Child labour, Streetism, adoption, etc.)

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 Low representation of women         in the legislature and at the District level
  governance.     In the 2008 general elections, 8.3% (19 seats) of the 230
  parliamentary seats went to women as compared to 91.7% (211 seats) for
  their male counterpart.
 Exposure of women and children to harmful socio-cultural and antiquated
  traditional practices such as ritual servitude ( i.e. Gambaga witches Camp,
  FGM, Trokosi)
 Human trafficking.

 Domestic Violence

 Gender stereotyping

 Climate change and its effect on the livelihoods of rural women, and food

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Key Gender Issues
 On the educational front, there are inequalities in the access of women to
  education, although Ghana is close to reaching gender parity in primary
  education through reforms and various support programmes. Nonetheless, the
  gender gap in post-primary education level remains a challenge and the
  percentage of girls is even lower in technical and vocational training. According
  to the GLSS 2005 report, girls account for 15% of the total enrolment in
  Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Audience:

  The gender issues raised should not be viewed as synonymous to women and
  children; rather, they are development challenges and also a human right
  concern that should require the concerted effort by all players in the various
  sectors of the economy.

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  The Ministry, in its Sector Medium Term Development Plan (2010-2013) has
  outlined the following key interventions to address the respective gender issues
  earlier mentioned:
 Enhancing the human resource capacity of MOWAC to carry out its mandate;
 Enhancing the economic empowerment of women;
 Coordinating gender sensitivity in sector policies, plans, budgeting, resource
  allocation, business promotion, programmes and projects.
 Formulating policy, coordinating, executing and monitoring of programmes and
  activities relating to the welfare of women and children.
 Embarking on outreach and sensitization programmes to ensure that gender equity
  and equality is mainstreamed in all sectors of the economy.
 Providing the requisite platform and mechanism to implement government’s
  commitments expressed at international fora towards improving the status of
  women and children

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 Collaborating with Development Partners (DPs), Civil Society Organizations
  (CSOs) and other relevant organizations / stakeholders to facilitate the
  integration of women and children issues into national development.
 Ensuring compliance with Ghana’s International Obligations that relate to
  women and children.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;
On the 17th day of November 2011, I stood before this same august body to give
  an account of my Ministry’s stewardship for the year. All too soon the year
  2012 is here with us and we are almost seven months into the year.

The year 2012 is quite an eventful one and also challenging for both our
Ministry and the good people of Ghana. For us, it is eventful because it
marks the end of the Phase I of the Better Ghana Agenda, while
preparations are underway to usher in the Phase II of the Better Ghana
Agenda under H.E Prof John Evans Atta Mills. Furthermore, 2012 is
an election year; a time for sober reflection as a people of one nation
with a common destiny and purpose.

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Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;
Our Ministry like all other MDAs was confronted with a number of challenges
  especially in the financial sector. Nonetheless, we made modest but significant
  gains in the implementation of the programmes and activities, that were
  earmarked for the period.
 As we cruise through the second half of the year, this is the time for
  contemplation. The occasion provides a unique opportunity for both my Ministry
  and our loyal constituents gathered here this morning          to reflect on our
  personal and communal achievements since our last interaction in this same
  Auditorium. We therefore, wish to remind ourselves briefly on how we have
  progressed thus far as a Ministry. We note with joy that several items on our
  checklist for 2012, which we communicated to        you in our last meeting in
  November 2011, as the “way forward “ have already been implemented and
  completed, with a couple of them in progress, and also a few left to be done.

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Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;
  Generally, progress has been made on many fronts but I would like to quickly furnish our
  loyal constituents and partners, the status of implementation of our checklist of the way
  forward (planned Action) for 2012 as was mentioned in our last presentation when we
  appeared before you on the 17th day of November 2011.
Way forward for 2012             Status of Implementation           Remarks

We planned to train Gender       We have duly completed the
Officers and Planning Officers   training for all target group of
of 59 MMDAs in the use of        the 59 MMDAs
gender planning template for
planning at the various
Last year we set ourselves a     We commenced the selection         Our African Development
target to provide scholarships   process in June 2012 and we        Bank partners in March
for 300 girls from poor          hope to complete in August         this year has approved
households to pursue             2013                               extra resources for the
Technical and Vocational                                            scholarship budget to
Education Training (TVET) by                                        enable the Ministry to take
December 2012. This is in                                           on board an additional
addition to the 200 girls who                                       166 girls bringing the
benefited last year.                                                number to 466 instead of

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Way forward for            Status of Implementation         Remarks

Commencement of the        On the 11th day of April         The work is progressing steadily. 20%
MOWAC Office               2012, an official sod-cutting    of work has been completed as at
Accommodation Project.     ceremony was performed to        June, 2012. Work is expected to be
                           commence construction.           completed within 18-months

We set a target to         The activity is underway.        Work is expected to commence by
complete the               The African Development          September 2012
rehabilitation works of    Bank is yet to issue a “no
the 25 Community           objection” for selection of      The Ministry will liaise with the
Development Vocational     the civil works contractors to   Ministry of Finance and Economic
and Technical Institutes   commence work.                   Planning (MoFEP) to follow-up on
with the aim to increase                                    AfDB to facilitate the outstanding
enrolment.                                                  procurement process.

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Way forward for 2012           Status of Implementation           Remarks

Undertake comprehensive        Research on internal and cross-    MOWAC is collaborating with
national research on HT, DV,   boarder trafficking has just       IOM , DFID, EKN, UNICEF and
gender and child related       commenced .                        other partners to undertake
issues                                                            comprehensive national
                               In addition, we have rolled-out    research on HT, DV, gender
                               research on the incidence and      and child related issues
                               extent of Domestic Violence
Operationalize DV Fund         DV Fund launched with seed         The Ministry will intensify
                               money of GH¢ 20,000.00 from GoG    advocacy and awareness
                               and the fund has grown to GH¢      creation to enhance donations
                               35,889.60 . The account number     to the Fund.
                               is 0134404636306 at ECOBANK

Operationalize HT Fund         Proposals have been developed to   The Ministry will intensify
                               solicit funds into the HT Fund     advocacy and awareness
                                                                  creation to enhance donations
                               Account No: 018631605017           to the Fund
                               Bank: Bank of Ghana

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Way forward for 2012              Status of Implementation             Remarks

Enactment of the DV Legislative   Instructions on DV LI prepared and   We are aggressively
Instrument                        submitted to the AG’s Department.    pursuing follow-up at the
                                                                       AG’s Department for its
Enactment of the HT Legislative   Draft HT LI prepared and submitted   We are aggressively
Instrument                        to the AG’s Department.              pursuing follow-up at the
                                                                       AG’s Department for its
Prepare and submit the            Report duly submitted
consolidated 3rd, 4th and 5th
report on the implementation of
the CRC to the UN Committee on
the Rights of the Child.
Finalize and submit the 6th and   Report duly submitted
7th CEDAW combined Report
Participate in the 56th CSW       56th CSW duly participated           Ghana carried out a side-
                                                                       event .

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Mr. Chairman,
It is my singular honour therefore to report to our distinguished audience,
   the Ministry’s accomplishments in details as follows:


1.1 Women in Decision-making and Governance
 In our bid to push forward for women’s inclusion in the decision making and
  governance structures both at the local and national levels, MOWAC has put
  in place an Affirmative Action Committee to coordinate the drafting of the
  Affirmative Action Bill. The Committee has organized ten (10) regional
  consultative fora involving a broad spectrum of stakeholders including traditional
  authorities to solicit views for the drafting of the AA Bill.
 Consultations have been held with the leadership of political parties and Members
  of Parliament to discuss strategies to facilitate the enactment of an Affirmative
  Action Act.
 A core team of experts has also been put together to draft proposal for to
  facilitate the drafting of an Affirmative Action Bill (AAB).

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  1.2 Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Orientation for
  Parliamentary Select Committees

 In a joint collaboration with the Parliament of Ghana and the United Nations
  Women (UN-Women), a GRB training workshop was organised for Members of
  Parliament in Ghana. The workshop was intended to orient and equip selected
  Members of Parliament of the Finance, Budget, Public Accounts and Women and
  Children Select Committees and Clerks, with Gender Responsive Budgeting
  knowledge, skills and competences to analyse and track gender responsive
  policies and budgeting in our national budgets.

1.3       Formulation of a National Gender Policy
The    Ministry during the reporting period embarked on nation-wide
  consultations to collate views for the drafting of a National Gender
 The draft policy is formulated on selected sector strategies, enhanced by
  gender based analysis, extensive consultation and the establishment of
  gender equality goals. Mr. Chairman, the sectoral objectives and
  interventions outlined are both achievable in the short to medium term.
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 The National Gender Policy is expected to provide a timely and comprehensive
    framework to include gender awareness approaches in development, thereby
    enhancing the possibility of successful, effective and sustainable outcomes in
    addressing the gender issues earlier enumerated.

     It is our expectation therefore, that the National Gender Policy when
    completed, will also serve as a guide for the various stakeholders operating
    in the country to design gender sensitive programmes to enhance
    equitable socio-economic development that will benefit both men and women,
    the vulnerable and the excluded .

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1.4 Economic Empowerment of Women

Micro-Finance Support to Rural Women
MOWAC in collaboration with ECOWAS Gender Development Center (EGDC) is
providing micro-finance assistance to three (3) rural agro-based women’s group
located in Upper West, Eastern and Volta Regions of Ghana to the tune of US$

Mr. Chairman , the financial assistance to the groups was in response to the
   theme of the 56th Session of the CSW “The Empowerment of Rural women and
  their Role in Poverty and Hunger Eradication, Development and Current

Anglophone Training in Food Processing and Handicraft Production
The Ministry in collaboration with the ECOWAS Gender Development Centre (EGDC)
from December 2011 to May 2012 organized a training programme for Anglophone
women (Nigeria and Ghana) engaged in food processing and handicraft production,
as well as 20 women food processors in cassava and palm-nut processing in
Kyekyewere in the Central Region.

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1.5 Women’s Empowerment through information sharing
Mr. Chairman, distinguished ladies and gentlemen;

  Access to information is strategic for women’s empowerment and the promotion
  of gender equality. There is irrefutable evidence, which substantiates the fact that
  those societies that discriminate by gender in access to information have to pay a
  very high price in terms of their ability to develop and to reduce poverty.

It is in response to this critical need of women’s access to information that the
   Department of Women has instituted the Women’s Monthly Meetings as a platform
   for women’s groups at the national level . These monthly meetings are replicated
   at the regional level as quarterly meetings and termed Women’s Network Meetings
   for sharing ideas on various issues of concern to women and also issues of
   national development priorities. It also provides opportunity for collating inputs for
   policy formulation.

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  Resource persons are selected from collaborating organizations such as the Ghana
  Health Service, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and the
  Electoral Commission among others.

  Five (5) meetings were held during the reporting period. The topics treated
  include the following: Cancers; the Role of Women in Ensuring Peaceful Elections;
  Candidiasis; the Biometric Voter Register; Sickle Cell Anemia; Intestate Succession
  Law; Radiation and its Effects .

1.6 Institutionalization of Gender Mainstreaming in MDAs and
  MMDAs Plans and Programmes
  The Ministry held a 2nd High Level Meeting on the Institutionalization of Gender
  Mainstreaming in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) and
  Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) with its stakeholders. The
  objective of the meeting was to discuss and finalize the draft Job Descriptions for
  both the MDAs’ and MMDAs’ Gender Officers (GOs), Accountability Framework ,
  and Memorandum of Understanding for key stakeholders.

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 The Ministry in collaboration with CIDA, the Institute of Local Government Studies
  (ILGS), GIMPA, Civil Service Training Center (CSTC), NORST Project and the
  Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) is embarking on a
  capacity development programme for Gender Officers through the harmonization
  of all capacity building initiatives on gender mainstreaming.

 Furthermore the Ministry through the Gender Responsive Skills and Community
  Development Project has developed curriculum for professional skills in Gender
  Mainstreaming for the PPME staff of MDAs and District Planning Coordinating
  Units (DPCU) of MMDAs.

1.7 Adherence to Some Specific Statutory and Routine National
Mr. Chairman, our mandate is cross-cutting in nature and therefore we are seen to
be “Jack of all trades” wherever women and children’s issues are concerned in the
various sectors of our economy. Consequently, we have generally collaborated with
the various MDAs in achieving government’s targets set in the Ghana Shared Growth
and Development Agenda
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Specifically, we accomplished the following:
 Prepared and submitted to the National Development Planning Commission the
  Ministry’s Annual Progress Report for 2011 to be incorporated in the National
  Annual Progress report.
 Participated in the National HIV/AIDS Fair          as part of the activities to
  commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Ghana AIDS
  Commission. The Ministry also used the opportunity to sensitize participants at the
  Fair on issues on HIV/AIDS, particularly the need for voluntary testing and dealing
  with stigmatization.
 Participated in the 3rd Ghana Policy Fair and Regional Policy Fairs in Brong Ahafo
  and Western Regions.


In 2012, the Ministry through the Gender Responsive Skills and Community
Development Project sponsored the second cohort of four (4) professional staff
drawn from MOWAC and NDPC to benefit from a long term gender training abroad.

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Three (3) staff were sent to the University of Cape Town in South Africa for
postgraduate studies in Gender and Transformation, while the other one (1) , a
staff of the Department of Women is pursuing a Masters Degree in Gender and
Conflict Management at the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping and Training Centre in
 The first cohort of three (3) MOWAC staff that benefited from the scholarship
  programme to the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2011 have
  successfully completed the programme and they have returned to Ghana with
  the requisite skills in gender analysis and research.
 The Ministry in March this year, received the African Development Bank’s approval
  for additional budget to increase the number of beneficiaries for the local
  scholarship for girls from 500 to 666; representing an increase of 33%.

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 A total of 19 staff of MOWAC were sponsored to pursue a two-week professional
  training in gender and development at the Management and Development
  Productivity International (MDPI) in Swaziland. The training forms part of the
  implementation of the recommendations of MOWAC’s re-engineering process to
  develop a cadre of skilled human resource and highly motivated staff.

 From February 2012 to date, 243 staff of MMDAs’ Planning Coordinating Units
  have received training in gender mainstreaming at the Institute of Local
  Government Studies (ILGS) , while 89 key staff of PPME, and Chief Directors of
  selected MDAs were trained at GIMPA.

 A total of 77 instructors of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET)
  in the various 25 Community Development Vocational and Technical Institutes
  have since May 2012 received Competence Based Training (CBT) at Bunso in the
  Eastern Region. Training is on-going for additional 360 instructors and it is
  expected to be completed by August 2012.

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3.0 Human Trafficking (HT)

Mr. Chairman,
 Ghana has maintained its tier 2 rating status according to the 2011 USA Trafficking
   in Person’s Report

In addition to maintaining our rating we have made some remarkable
accomplishments that are worth reporting as follows:
 A total of 110 cases were reported country wide on HT, with 85 of the cases under
 Three (3) persons were prosecuted and also three (3) convictions have been
 The National Plan of Action on Human Trafficking is under review.

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4.0 Domestic Violence (DV)

Mr. Chairman,
 As part of MOWAC’s initiatives to improve outreach and sensitization on
  domestic violence issues, a documentary has been developed to address
  acts of domestic violence and translated into Ga, Twi, Dagbani, Ewe,
  Huasa and Nzema. The documentary will be launched soon.
 The DV Secretariat embarked on visits to the Gender Based Violence
  (GBV) court in Accra to observe and monitor proceedings in domestic
  violence cases.
 Established rural response coordinating systems at the regions.
 Developed IEC Materials to facilitate sensitization on DV issues
 We collaborated with CSOs such as WilDAF-Ghana, Ark Foundation, WISE
  and EPAWA to commemorate International Day to End Gender-Based
  Violence. The theme for the celebration was “Peace in the World begins
  from the Home. Let us End Gender-Based Violence Now”. The purpose of
  the celebration was to raise awareness about Gender-Based Violence and
  Human Rights.
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 A facility has been rehabilitated as shelter for survivors of domestic violence
  and victims of human trafficking in Greater Accra. The facility was donated by
  the Christian Council of Ghana and rehabilitated with financial support from the
  Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Two (2) others in the Upper West
  and Volta Regions are yet to be completed.

 A two-day Partners forum was organized for stakeholders in the Domestic
  Violence Act, 2007 (Act 732) implementation with the aim to providing a
  platform to review the activities carried out by stakeholders, assess the process
  of implementation of interventions, and to re-strategize for improved results
  regarding implementation of the National Policy and Plan of Action (NPPA)

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5.0 Children Related Issues

Mr. Chairman ,

 Like the National Gender Policy, the Ministry deemed it appropriate and timely
  to develop a National Child Protection Policy (NCPP) to provide an integrated
  approach in the delivery of child related services and outline comprehensive
  interventions and standard operating procedures for child care professionals.
  Consultative meetings were held with stakeholders to solicit inputs for the
  drafting of the Policy.
 Quarterly Child Protection Committee meetings were held at the national and
  regional levels to discuss strategies to promote and protect the rights of
 Capacities of all the Social Services Sub-Committees of the MMDAs were built
  on child related legislation
 Published and disseminated research on the “Voices of Children”

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6.0   International Obligations

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Audience,
On our international commitments to gender equity, equality, women’s
empowerment and child rights and protection issues, we performed creditably as

6.1     UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW):
 The Hon Minister led a delegation to participate in the 56th Session of the CSW
  Conference held in New York from 27th February to 9th March, 2012 on the
  theme “The Empowerment of Rural Women and their Role in Poverty and Hunger
  Eradication, Development and Current Challenges”.
 Ghana organized a Side Event at the CSW meeting on the 29th February 2012 with
  the theme “Rural Women and MDGs 1 and 3: Ghana’s Success and Challenges”.
  The presentation made at the Side Event showcased Ghana’s effort at the
  economic empowerment of rural women with regard to modernization of the
  “Chorkor “ Fish Smoker, the challenges encountered and the need for support for
  rural women in this direction.

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6.2      International Women’s Day (IWD):
On the 8th day of March 2012, MOWAC in collaboration with its Development Partners (DPs),
MDAs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), school children and rural womenfolk observed the
celebration of International Women’s Day. The Day was marked with durbars in all the ten
regions under the theme “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures; Preventing Rural
Poverty” .The day has been set aside by the United Nations as a day to celebrate worldwide
the achievements of women and also deliberate on the challenges and how to circumvent
these challenges such that women will be able to take their rightful places in our societies.

6.3      Commonwealth Africa Regional Colloquium:
MOWAC in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat organized a Commonwealth
Africa Regional Colloquium which was supported by the Office of the Vice-President of the
Republic of Ghana under the theme “Women Leaders as Agents of Change”. The Rationale for
the Regional Colloquium was to discuss and develop the way forward with regard to the
significant under-representation of women in decision making positions in the Commonwealth.
The percentage of women in such positions revealed that Member States were yet to attain
the target of 30 percent representation of women endorsed by the Beijing Platform for Action,
1995 and other International Instruments.

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6.4   The African Union Day of the Child:
 The day was duly observed under the theme “The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to
    Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill”
   The 2012 celebration sought to create awareness on disability issues and measures to prevent and protect
    children with disability.
   As part of activities to celebrate this year’s anniversary, a Fun-fair and Children Interaction Forum were
    held at the Dzorwulu Special School for about 700 children with or without disabilities.

6.5     CEDAW and Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA):
The Ministry on behalf of Government of Ghana submitted its 6th and 7th combined reports on CEDAW to the
CEDAW Committee.
 Let me at this point on behalf of the Ministry congratulate Ms. Hillary Gbedemah, the Rector of the Law
   Institute of Ghana, on her election to the United Nations (UN) Committee on Elimination of all forms of
   Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

   The election of Ms. Gbedemah, a Lawyer and a Gender Consultant and Ghana’s Representative on UN
    CEDAW for the period 2013 to 2017 followed a highly competitive election by the 187 member states of
    the UN at the UN Headquarters in New York, U.S.A.

   Elected member states have the responsibility of steering affairs of the Committee for four years beginning
    in January, 2013 including monitoring the implementation of measures outlined by member states in
    eliminating discrimination against women.

   The election of Ms. Hillary Gbedemah is no doubt an acknowledgement and recognition of Ghana’s
    contribution to ensuring gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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7.0   GoG/CIDA Support for Capacity Development Mechanism Initiative
Mr. Chairman, distinguished ladies and gentlemen;

     The selection of our Ministry to benefit from the GoG/CIDA support for
      institutional capacity building is the highlight of our achievements for
      the period under review.

     The CDM secretariat invited a number of MDAs to submit proposals for
      a CIDA support of 300,000 Canadian Dollars earmarked for Institutional
      Capacity Development. Mr. Chairman, not only did our Ministry get
      selected among five MDAs, our proposal was adjudged the best with a
      technical score of 90.6%. The funds will be allocated to build the
      institutional capacity of MOWAC

     Part of the funds will be allocated to strengthen the Research
      Information and Statistics Management (RISM) Directorate of the
      Ministry as well as the Regional Directorates of the Department of
      Women and the Department of Children.

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Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Audience, Ladies and Gentlemen;           Our remarkable
    achievements for the reviewing year did not come without challenges. Our
    Ministry is therefore confronted with the following challenges:
   Inadequate office space for the Ministry.
   Limited staff with the requisite qualifications in gender and child related issues
   Inadequate budgetary allocation and untimely release of programme budget
    for 2012.
   Low level of awareness of gender issues in the country.
   Inadequate gender data for policy formulation.


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Mr. Chairman,
Looking into the future, our Ministry would like to make the
following projections:
 Continue the construction of the MOWAC Office complex.
 Intensify advocacy, sensitization and awareness creation campaigns on gender,
    children, DV and HT issues.
 Expand capacity building interventions of stakeholders on gender, children, DV, HT
    and ECCD related issues.
 Continue to work on the development of Inter and Intra Agency Protocol on DV.
 Continue collaboration with Ghana Statistical Services and partners on gender,
    children, HT and DV related data.
 Launch Web portal of women achievers.
 MOWAC will continue to liaise with the A-G Department for the drafting of the DV
    and HT LIs.
 Strengthen inter-agency collaboration.
 Revamp the child helpline and streamline its operations.
 Continuous collaboration with stakeholders to sensitize and create awareness
    against harmful socio-cultural practices.

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 Scale up the GRB implementation process.
 Roll-out the implementation of the activities earmarked under the CIDA/GOG
  Funded Capacity Development Mechanism Initiative for which MOWAC is among
  the MDAs that were selected to benefit from a grant of 300,000 Canadian Dollars
 Commence the rehabilitation works of the 25 Community Development Vocational
  and Technical Institutes with the aim to increase enrolment.
 Complete the training of 437 teachers in Competence Based Training (CBT) to
  enhance pedagogy in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) at the
  25 Community Development Training Institutes.
 Enhance access of women entrepreneurs to Micro-finance and Business Advisory
  Services with the target to reach out to 4 million women by 2014.
 Develop Resource Mobilization Strategic Plan and roll-out implementation to
  strengthen MOWAC’s programme resource base. This is intended to be achieved
  with support under the CDM initiative.
 Develop and establish Gender Management Information System (GMIS) for
  policy formulation and train the relevant MOWAC staff to roll out implementation.
  We intend to achieve this by strengthening the capacity of the Research
  Statistics and Information Management (RSIM) Directorate of MOWAC.
 Harmonize existing capacity building materials and tools for gender
 Facilitate the enactment of the Affirmative Action Act (AAA)
 Accelerate the development of both the National Gender Policy and the Child
  Protection Policy.

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In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Audience;

Our modest but remarkable achievements for the period under review are attributed to
    the enhanced collaboration and partnership with our stakeholders and Development
    Partners. We therefore wish to acknowledge the numerous financial and technical
    assistances received from the Government of Ghana, our stakeholders including
    MDAs, MMDAs, Civil Society Organizations; international bodies such as the United
    Nations System, ECOWAS, African Development Bank, African Union, International
    Organization for Migration (IOM), International IDEA, Embassy of the Kingdom of
    Netherlands (EKN), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and a host
    of Diplomatic Missions in the country.

We also appreciate the immense contribution and cooperation of the Media in our quest
   for gender equity, equality, women’s empowerment and children’s protection and

Finally but not the least, let me use this opportunity to urge the general public to ensure
    peace and tranquility before, during and after the December elections. Women and
    children bear the brunt in conflict situations so let us do all we can to ensure violent
    free elections.
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