Former First Lady of the Republic of Ghana under the Jerry Rawlings led NDC-administration, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has taken a swipe at the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority in parliament for tagging the new MP for Ayawaso West Waguon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan as “Bloody Widow”.
The minority yesterday in parliament publicly displayed pladcards with inscription “Bloody Widow” bodly written and subsequently boycotted sitting ahead of the swearing in of Madam Lydia Alhassan as replacement of her late husband, Hon Kyeremanteng Agyarko who passed away in December 2018.
The actions by the minority did not go down well with the former first lady of the country and founder of the National Democratic Party (NDP), who considers the act shameful, questioning the minority’s commitment to the progress of women and their protection against domestic violence.
“The events of Tuesday, 5th Febuary, 2019, also casts doubt on the commitment of the Minority to the progress of women and towards ensuring the protection of women from domestic violence, Intimidation, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace; Inequality in the labour market; human trafficking; Child abuse and many other acts of injustice.”
This was contained in a statement issued by the 2012 presidential candidate of the NDP, H.E Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings sighted by www.TamaleOnline.Net…
Read full statement below;
Ghanaians Deserve A Better Minority in Parliament.
I have watched with shock and consternation, the callous and maliciously orchestrated attempt by Members of the Minority in Parliament to belittle, lampoon and ridicule the newly elected Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Ms. Lydia Seyram Alhassan.
These legislators, who are expected to know better, referred to Ms Alhassan as a ‘Bloody Widow’ and then walked out of the Parliamentary Chamber during her swearing-in.
Walkouts are an accepted practice in Parliamentary democracies, but staging a walk out because of the election of an innocent, grieving woman to Parliament is a shameful misuse of accepted parliamentary norms.
It is sad that this shameful display was carried out in no other place than the Parliament of Ghana, twenty-four years after Ghana made global commitments towards respecting women and promoting the involvement of women in politics.
The events of Tuesday, 5th Febuary, 2019, also casts doubt on the commitment of the Minority to the progress of women and towards ensuring the protection of women from domestic violence, Intimidation, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace; Inequality in the labour market; human trafficking; Child abuse and many other acts of injustice.
If women who engage in politics are lampooned in the way and manner witnessed in Parliament on Tuesday, then no number of safe seats would be sufficient in improving the dwindling fortunes of female politicians.
As the President of an NGO for women, which has worked with women and young persons for over two decades, I see the events of Tuesday as a wicked attempt to undo the progress we have made so far in increasing women’s participation in politics and ultimately in national development .
I call on the leadership of the NDC to do what is honourable by apologising to Ghanaians generally and specifically, to the Hon. Seyram Lydia Alhassan and the good people of Ayawaso West Wuogon.
For the legislative arm of government (Parliament House ) to be taken seriously by Ghanaians, foremost, it should exhibit that it takes itself serious.
Forces of Women Empowerment, Arise Now !!!
God Bless Women in Ghana and across the world.
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.
Signed : Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings