Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase Constituency, has praised female lawmakers for being able to enter Parliament on their own merits after having to compete with their male counterparts.
On International Women's Day, on Tuesday, the MP acknowledged women on the floor of Parliament, saying that the present number of female MPs in Parliament is a significant success for women because it is the most since independence.
The MP stated that he looks forward to the day when both the Majority and Minority leaders in Parliament are women.
"This is the first time in our Parliament's history since independence that we have forty strong women sitting in the chamber." We've never had anything like this before, and it's a huge accomplishment for which we should applaud them.
"Yes, we need to do more to achieve parity, but forty women fighting on their strength is incredible." "Except for the hard effort that they put in to get here, you can't devalue them in any way," he remarked.
While acknowledging female MPs' hard work thus far, the Minority Chief Whip urged them to take the House's business seriously to "justify whichever post that you get to hold."
He stated that the House cannot award ladies leadership roles without them putting up the necessary effort.
He claimed that some female MPs had been assigned to various House committees to allow them to learn from and match up with their male colleagues.
In response to some of the challenges that female MPs confront, he noted that the lack of a kindergarten in Parliament is long overdue, as women struggle to find a work-life balance.
"This Parliament needs a Kindergarten or a nursery to assist working mothers in this setting in giving their best. Take a look at our healthcare system and our clinic... So, if any of our colleagues are pregnant, scurrying between here and presumably Ridge and Korle-bu and other places...these are some of the things that stymie their growth, we need to wake up," the MP stated.
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