The African Centre for Women in Politics (ACWP) has described the appointment of Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as “a fulfillment that has been long-awaited by women in Ghana, in Africa and the world at large.”
In a press release, the group explained that, her appointment indicates the great progress women in general are making to become part of the decision making process for the country.
“Women must be recognized as partners in development, giving cognizance of the roles they play and not only suitable as kitchen or bedroom ‘tools‘… More women should be given such challenging opportunities to see and measure how far we can travel as a country, after 63 years of independence.“
Signed by the Executive Director, Alimatu Issahak, the statement also said her appointment “will further deepen the confidence of women across the country especially in developing their competencies so as not to be left out on the decision-making table.”
“Obviously, the journey of Prof. Nana Jane Opoku-Agyemang did not just start today; it is born out of dint of hard work, persistence, and commitment. Her achievements are unparalleled and will be chronicled throughout the coming days. This serves as a form of encouragement to all ambitious young females that their ambitions will be fulfilled one day if they work hard enough.”
The ACWP have therefore thrown their full support behind Prof Jane Opoku-Agyemang to ensure that this great stride for women becomes a reality.
“The argument many gender activists including ACWP have always made is that, political opportunities should be accessible to competent women just as they are to men. By taking such an important decision, we are assured that this will further deepen the democratic credentials of the country and the NDC’s name will go down memory lane as the first major political party in the Republic of Ghana to create such opportunity for a woman to be invited to such an enviable office.
“On this note, we want to officially congratulate Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang for this high recognition and urge her to stay strong, focused, and shred negativity. Roar and soar higher by eschewing unreasonable comments. Be Bold and fearless in serving and defending our beloved country forever.”
Flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, on Monday July 6, 2020 picked his former Education Minister from 2012, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as running mate for the 2020 general elections of Ghana.