PASS LAND BILL NOW;GOV’T TOLD
Land plays a central role in the livelihoods of many Ghanaians. Nearly two-thirds of the population make their live off the land as smallholder farmers with majority being women.
However ,access to land in Ghana is a key challenge for women farmers; although ,it is a basic requirement for farming.
Non- Profitable Civil Organization called Network For Women’s Rights In Ghana ( NETRIGHT) whose main focus is Gender Equality and Social Inclusion has indicate some challenges women faces when accessing land for farming.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, 22nd May,2019,program Officer of NETRIGHT, Mrs.Cynthia Sunu said in the area of spousal property rights the female spouse tends to be denied of her right to jointly acquired landed property in spite of Article 22 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana that requires equity in the sharing of such properties.
According to her ,the press conference is to share the status of the Bill with the media to keenly follow deliberations on the Bill when it is re- laid for Consideration in parliament after the Land Bill withdrawn from Parliament in March ,2019.
She called on the public to hold parliamentarians accountable and demand for he passage of the land bill with the current Gender Equality and Social Inclusion(GESI) provision intact.
She Noted that women and men are equal development partners of the country thus any legislation that seeks to address inequalities and promote gender justice is in the right direction and must be supported by all.
Mrs.Cynthia Sunu urged the media to raise the political consciousness of the public especially state and non- state actors including traditional leaders to support the passage of a GESI responsive Land Bill to promote harmony in the land sector.
She therefore called on the President ,H.E Nana Akuffo Addo to use his high office to ensure that the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources ,the committee on lands and forestry and Parliament expedite action on the passage of the land bill with its gender equality and social Inclusions intact to protect women and the vulnerable in society.
The NETRIGHT press conference is also intended to launch their signature campaign to push for the passage of a GESI – responsive Land Bill and they want the public to support the signature campaign.
Source:Koowaa.com/Kwame Baffoe Agyekum