March 9, 2018


Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye said on Thursday that currently there is no Affirmative Action Bill before the House as being speculated by some Ghanaians that the Bill is before the House and it is delaying it.

According to the Speaker, as a matter of “days” the Bill should be before the House and  directed the Committee on Gender Women and Children and Women Caucus  as a matter of urgency to ensure that the bill comes before the House.

Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba hinted that the Bill which is at the cabinet secretariat, would come before the House after the Easter break.

“There is nothing before us, was a wishful thinking and recommendation, I hope the House would study and analyze the bill before it comes to the House we need to be proactive”, he said.

He noted that Rwanda has gone 45 percent of getting women as MPs for years and have reached over 50 percent now.

And call for 30 more seats to be left for women within some zones, so that only women can contest those seats to push up the current 37 seats women occupy in Parliament.

She made this comments when the Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, came before the House to make a statement marking International Women’s Day.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/