April 12, 2021

As the issue of women empowerment is placed first on the agenda of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, the first delocalised meeting would be held in the Republic of Liberia.

The joint Committees on Social Affairs, Gender and Women Empowerment/ Education Science and Culture/ Health are programmed to meet from Tuesday, April 13 to 17, 2021 on the theme, “Empowerment of Women in the ECOWAS Region”.

During the meeting, Community lawmakers would be expected to map out strategies on empowering women in the sub-region.

Meanwhile, women empowerment and gender equality concepts are important in fostering health and human development. This is achieved when both men and women enjoy the same socio-economic rights and opportunities and have equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making.

Despite its benefits, however, research on women empowerment in the West African region shows limited commitment by states towards achieving it even though at regional level, Article 63 of the ECOWAS Treaty calls for state parties to formulate policies and develop programmes which enhance women economic, social and cultural conditions.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com