Ghanaians see female politicians as prostitutes

Ghanaians see female politicians as prostitutes

Member of Parliament(MP) for Afutu Senya South Constituency in the Central Region Mavis Hawa Koomson has complained bitterly about the attacks thrown at women in politics in Ghana.

According to her, women in politics in Ghana especially go through several ordeals which discourages other women from joining although they have the capabilities to perform even better than their male counterparts.

She was speaking to Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana when she made this sad disclosure.

Hawa Kooson who herself has been under attack for several reasons said “the role of women in politics is not getting it’s rather becoming worse because a female politician goes through a whole lot of embarrassment. They think if you are a female and you are a politician you are a prostitute”.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister noted that it’s backward for a female politician to be tagged as a prostitute because they are not and are rather fighting for their place in the governance system.

The legislator believes the time has come to embrace women considering their roles played in making life better and how important their contribution to nation-building is.

“It’s high time we move away from not giving women their rightful place in politics. This is within my political party and even that of the opponents,” she said in the Metro TV Interview.

Expressing her optimism, Hawa Koomson believes a time will come when Ghana will vote for a woman President and Vice President. The MP applauded the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the bold step taken in the 2020 election.

Women In Politics

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was hailed for selecting Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as its first female Running mate for the 2020 election.

However, the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) is the leader in projecting women in Politics. Brigitte Dzogbenuku was the running mate to Papa Kwesi Ndoum in the 2016 election and became the Presidential candidate in the 2020 elections.

Although not many, other women are also playing key roles in other political portfolios.

In Ghana, the country’s Parliament has 40 women out of 275 constituencies scattered across the country.

In the yet-to-be-released list of persons selected by the President to represent him at the various assemblies as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), information available to this website indicates that the President selected 37 women.