Centre for Local GOVERNANCE ADVOCACY

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GENDER ISSUES



Even though women constitute more than half of Ghana’s population, Statistics on the participation of women in local government elections over the years have not been encouraging leading to the under-representation of women in local government. The Centre in its newsletter analyzes data on the female/staff composition in the assemblies. In every edition, data from twenty districts are collected and analyzed. This data informs citizens and other interested stakeholders on women participation in local government. CLGA is embarking on a Women Mentoring and Coaching Project (WMCP) for women in the local assemblies.
 
The aim of this project is to equip both past and current assembly women with the required skills and knowledge necessary for leadership positions at the grass root levels and how to mentor and coach other women in their various regions. In addition, WMCP will train women in advocacy and mobilization to check accountability at the local government. The WMCP will build political network of women as well as encourage greater participation of women in electoral processes. The Centre is undertaking research on “The Status of Women Participation in Local Government.” This study will analyze the trend of women participation in local level elections, other areas to be considered will include: Frequency of attendance of meetings, participation and deliberation at assembly meetings and participation of women in general community projects. This study will also discuss the issues   hindering women participation in the assembly and their involvement in decision making processes at the local level.



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