Minister-Designate for Communications and Information, Ursula Owusu Ekuful has highlighted the alarming rate of s*xual harassment towards women who aspire to become politicians.
She echoed during her ministerial vetting in Parliament that the teething challenge deters potential women to venture into politics, leaving top positions to be occupied by men.
Madam Ursula Owusu said women are faced with s*xual advances when they approach people in higher places to seek resources to finance their political campaigns.
She said, “fundraising exposes women in politics to all manner of dangers when people make some advances to you merely because you’re going to seek resources to finance your campaign. It is something that we all need to look at and design and fashion our policies to make it easier for women to engage in politics. You end up having to develop very very thick skin and you are labelled as arrogant because you speak your mind”
“I think we do ourselves a disservice if you make it impossible for women to also engage in the political life of our country. I’m sure we can all bear witness to the fact that we bring a different perspective to the conversation, we give a lot more back to our Communities, we are caregivers and provide an alternative to the conversations at the table and we’re not at the decision-making table” we represent the majority of the population in this country” the MP added.