Only 13.6% women in paid employment

Despite efforts to promote equal opportunities for all, only 13.6 percent of women are in paid employment in the country, compared to 24.3 percent of men, a study by ActionAid has revealed.

The findings come at time when efforts to promote equal opportunities for both men and women have become intensified.

This was revealed by the Northern Regional Programmes Manager for ActionAid Ghana, Esther Boateng, during the launch of a campaign to demand implementation of International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) convention on gender-based violence at the workplace, in Tamale.

Sadly, she said women’s quest to obtain decent jobs in Ghana is unceasingly impeded by society and a global economy which prevent them from fully enjoying their rights.

“As an organisation, we believe that everyone, especially, women have the right to decent work, a living wage and equal pay,” Madam Boateng added.

The event which was on the theme “Decent work now for women in the informal economy to call for action in this regard”, also sought to sensitise the women, particularly young girls, on their rights.

Globally, she noted that over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men while labour force participation rate for women aged 25-54 represent 63 per cent compared to 94 percent for men according to ILO sources.

She therefore called for the adoption, ratification and implementation of the ILO convention on Gender-Based Violence in the workplace to protect women workers in the country.

She also called on women groups in the country and activists to help continue with the campaign to salvage the plights women.

This, she added, would help end gender-based violence at the workplace, while creating equal opportunities for all people, regardless of their gender.

On his part, Labour Officer at the Department of Labour in Tamale, Fuseini Alhassan, said statistics from the Labour department shows that about 70 percent of the workforce in Ghana comes from the informal sector.

He therefore said government is committed supporting the informal sector to generate much-needed jobs for the citizens, adding that the country cannot growth without the sector’s contribution.

Mr. Fuseini also revealed that the government is to review the obsolete apprenticeship policy, found in the Children’s Act.

He noted that the review is to ensure provision of adequate shelter for apprentices to avoid putting the lives of the young girls at risk.

“We are expected to abide by the law that says that a child should be admitted to apprenticeship at age 15 or after completion of Junior High School (JHS).

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