On the commemoration of the 2022 International Women’s Day, Migrant Labour General Workers Union International (MLGWUI) has petitioned that women in Africa be provided with six months maternity leave.

Per the current arrangement, mothers are given three months of paid leave.

But the Union says this must be amended due to the “global quest for gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” and to “enable women migrant workers meet challenges of coronavirus pandemic challenges.”

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Breaking the bias.”

Also, MLGWUI wants the Government of Ghana to consider and extend “YouStart” programmes to women migrant workers, returned migrant workers and women refugees;

The youth entrepreneurship programme when rolled out will be a vehicle for supporting young entrepreneurs to gain access to capital, training, technical skills, and mentoring to enable them to launch and operate their own businesses.

With her education department Finnish-French Migrant Resource, Migrant Labour General Workers Union International celebrates all women, especially women migrant workers today.

To ensure women are the centre of attention, the Union has entreated men to spend enough time with their spouses and children at home especially by sharing cooking responsibilities.

MLGWUI has also applauded the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana with her sponsored partners, UNFPA, Wilmar Ghana and Bel Beverages for the major activities organised as part of this year’s celebration.

They included a media launch, men cooking competition, what do you know and a public seminar.

Meanwhile, the Union has stated that it would not accept personal empowerment as a solution to the current state of matters.

“We fight for our collective emancipation. We do NOT accept to remain trapped in the supposed privileges of our Gender, but to abolish Gender and class and their consequences of Inequalities and Slavery;

“We are now Abolitionists of Prostitution, Wombs to Rent, Pornography and everything related to the sex industry,” it added.

To ensure gender equality, the Migrant Labour General Workers Union International has made a number of demands. They are as follows:

 (1). All Migrant International Students and Documented and Undocumented African Ghanaian Women Immigrant Workers and members of their families in Ukraine and surrounding countries or communities should respond to their governments’ home calls and avail themselves for immediate evacuation instead of hiding and seeking for greener pastures in third countries in Europe;

(2). Global Governments or Heads of State and employers should consider health, industrial and administrative space for Ukraine Returned Migrant Students, Temporary Internship with Allowances after they have gone through their Psychological and Covid-19 Test and Waiting to continue their education;

(3). Women Migrant Workers are asking African Leaders and Heads of State to create employment space in the public sector for women in pursuing to reduce Irregular and Untimely Unification Migration;

 (4). Ministry of Gender, Children, Social Social Protection should submit an urgent proposal to Parliament for immediate enactment of law for removal and elimination of Street Beggars within three months effective 8th of March 2022 in order to stop dangerous road-street economic activities of Internal Women Migrants and Women Immigrants and members of their families;

(5). Africa Heads of State must fulfil their promises to citizens in their first tenure of office to avoid mistrust and Coup d’ètat intrusion;

(6). Female National Security Personnel and Revenue Collections Staff must be well paid;

(7). Ministry of Agriculture, Ghana should ensure Food Security, Hygiene, Preservation through public education and regular support to rural farmers;

 (8). Ministry of Gender should invite Women Migrant Workers to her next public and educative events.

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