In order to strengthen the working relationship between female legislators and the Parliamentary Press Corps, the women Caucus of Parliament in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, have called on female Journalists for a progressive partnership, a move which will help project and enhance their work as Parliamentarians.
Emphasizing the need for the call, Chairman of the Women Caucus who doubles as Deputy Majority Leader and Member for Dome Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, said the caucus is not just looking forward to building capacity, but to also engage the media to learn more about how they can project themselves in the media, how they can manage stress and how, together they can increase the number of women in politics and in Parliament.
In an interview with Newslinegh.com, after the end of year engagement on “Stress Management and Social Media Utilization for Effective Parliamentary Work” by the Women Caucus and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Adwoa Safo, revealed that Ghana’s Parliament would continue to push for the reform of the Constitution to provide more seats for women in Parliament.
The resilient and vociferous Lawmaker also intimated that their aim is not just by increasing the number of women in the legislature, but for Ghanaians to also feel that if women are part of the representation in Parliament, it will go a long way in enhancing democratic dispensation.
The maiden engagement was organized to address issues relating to communication, image building and how women can manage their stress levels as members of Parliament.
As women trying to excel in multiple roles at work and home, somehow irritable interfere with their work relationships and undermines productivity, hence the need for the Caucus to hold such an important event to learn how to manage their stress level.
She also took the opportunity to invite their male counterparts to appreciate and push for successful implementation of some sections of the law that focuses on issues relating to women and also supports women empowerment.
Reacting to a question on how the Caucus intend to collaborate with female Journalists in achieving their main goal of ensuring that women in politics and in Parliament are projected and protected, Chairman Adwoa Safo, stated that “it’s a matter of trust, and so we should start building trust one step after the other with media colleagues, especially the women in media, so that they can help, guide and shape the image of our women in Parliament and let them also be known out there”.
“Many women do a lot of things in their constituencies, but it’s not the center of attraction for any media person, so we want to engage you women Journalist to help us build our image, to help us enhance our work in Parliament, so that we can come back as members of Parliament and even increase our numbers”. She emphasized.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, also reiterated the need of having male legislators advocating for issues benefiting women in politics.