The Gender Specialist for the Land Administration Project (LAP-2) of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Mrs. Sarah Antwi-Boasiako has called on Land Sector Agencies (LSAs) and other stakeholders to consider gender mainstreaming as key to accelerated Land Reforms in Ghana.
She said gender should not only be limited to women but that it was about the vulnerable in Society including both sexes and the appreciation of their roles in all sphere of activities irrespective of sex.
Madam Sarah Antwi-Boasiako made these observations at a three- day workshop on Gender mainstreaming for Gender Focal persons from Land Sector and Implementing Agencies for the Land Administration Project (LAP-2) in the Northern Region in Tamale.
She said it was unfortunate that over the years women in Ghana have been marginalized and pushed into the background on issues of land transactions and land ownership due mainly to customary and cultural practices which have become obsolete and not in tune with current realities on the ground.
She said that it was time Ghana woke up to empower women, denounce negative cultural practices to enable women who constituted the majority of the population, to partner their male counterparts for socio-economic development of the country and urged the participants to ensure the effective mainstreaming of Gender in all activities in the implementation of the Project.
The Communication and Public Outreach Specialist for the Project (LAP-2), Mr. Kweku Sersah-Johnson called on the participants as staff of Land Sector Agencies to help educate their respective communities, especially women about the need to register their land at the appropriate places to avoid disputes and litigation which were counter- productive.
He said the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources considers the Project as one of its priority activities aimed at poverty reduction in line with Government’s effort as enshrined in the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda and for which reason the Ministry solicited funding support from the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for the effective implementation.
Participants for the workshop were drawn from the Lands Commission, the Town and Country Planning Department, Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organizations, including the Northern Accelerated Intervention for Development (NAID).