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The Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA ) monitoring of women’s participation in public discourse programmes in Ghana show that political parties have consistently sideline women in their media engagements.
The MFWA’s findings revealed that out of a total of 1,599 political party activists who featured on radio programmes monitored from June to August 2014, only 121, representing less than 8% were females.
To bridge the gap, the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa in collaboration with the MFWA yesterday organised a national public forum in Accra on Media and Women’s Participation in Public Discourse in Ghana.
The programme officer in charge Communication and Research at the MFWA, Dora Mawutor, said the monitoring exercise was to track and report on the extent to which the media involved women in their programming as well as the level at which women themselves offer to participate in such programmes.
She therefore called on all stakeholders, especially media owners, managers and programme producers to consciously engaged more women on their programmes as moderators, resource persons and discussants.
Madam Mawutor also advised political parties to exhibit their commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment by fielding women in their media engagement programmes.
Source: ISD (Karimatu Anas)