November 3, 2023

Throughout history, women have encountered significant barriers when attempting to engage actively in the political arena, not only in Africa but also on a global scale. The aim of achieving equal representation for women in political spheres at various levels of governance still remains a distant goal. In the context of Africa, the representation of women in parliament stood at 24 percent in 2021. This deficiency is deeply rooted in the absence of political determination, the presence of restrictive electoral frameworks, and the pervasive influence of patriarchal norms and systems.

Despite these challenges, there exists an array of tools, laws, and policies within Africa that are dedicated to fostering women’s equal and meaningful participation in politics. In Ghana, the issue of women’s representation in parliament has increasingly become a central point across all political parties. Since Ghana’s 4th republic, there has been a noticeable surge in the involvement of women within the political landscape.

Numerous political parties have taken deliberate measures to integrate women into the parliamentary system. In the 8th parliament, both the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party have made strides by including 20 female members each, which totals to 40 women out of the 275 members. This move signifies a significant step forward in the ongoing journey towards achieving gender parity and enhancing women’s representation in the political sphere.

Click on the link below to view females in the 8th Parliament.