The New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s quest to implement an affirmative action so far as the parliamentary election is concerned has deeply divided the party. The issue has now spilled over the NPP's boundary into every nook and cranny of the country.
The battle lines have been drawn: those in support of disqualifying men from contesting in constituency primaries where there are female NPP MPs, and those against. But there is a bigger picture to look at.
The NPP’s internal feud over its affirmative action is just one small step in the bigger national agenda to have a female vice president or president by 2030. That is the official government of Ghana position declared at a UN summit this month.
The target includes having 60 per cent of Parliamentary seats for women, 60 per cent of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives and getting a queen mother as the President of the National House of Chiefs.
But is Ghana really ready for affirmative action?
Joy FM’s Ghana Connect Friday March 27, 2015 hosted by Evans Mensah pitched three women activists against one man.
Comfort Awonye has won several elections against men as the Assemblywoman for the Manpong electoral area; Joyce Yeboah Faah is a lawyer, an NPP political activist and very vociferous on the affirmative action adopted by the NPP; Dr. Peace Tetteh is a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Ghana but doubles as an assembly member for lower Manya Krobo; and Kajsa Hallberg-Adu is a blogger with Blogging Ghana and a lecturer at the Asheshi University College.
Play the attached audio and listen to their take on the issue: