Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) has expressed utmost concern over the low representation of women in the new government.
A communiqué issued by CGG states “though we are fully aware that the nominations are subjected to parliamentary approval yet we want to register our utmost concern on the low representation of women…”
The statement continued, “we have brought this issue to the limelight taking cognizance of the fact that efforts towards Gender-mainstreaming should be seen in more practical and realistic terms.”
Furthermore, the communiqué notes, “the situation becomes even more concerning as the representation of women has dropped from 19 in the last parliament to 16 at present.”
CGG maintained that they have “realized that both Parliaments were elected under different system viz the Proportional Representation and the Constituency-Based system respectively,” but that this is “insufficient reason for low representation.”
The statement states that political parties must ensure a more pro-active approach to women’s inclusion.
CGG called on President Ernest Bai Koroma “to seriously consider the role of women in nation building and the years they have been marginalized and detached from mainstream political governance.”