Peace Council Officials in Ghana Urge Women to Actively Participate in Governance

Members of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana. Credit: National Peace Council (NPC)

Officials of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana are calling on women in the West African nation to actively take part in their country’s governance. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, March 8, NPC officials who include representatives from the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) also laud Ghanaian women for their efforts in building peace in the West African nation. 

“The Council wishes to also encourage Ghanaian women to participate actively at all levels of governance to enhance deliberations and formulation of policies that address gender biases and make society better,” NPC officials say in the statement signed by the Council’s Executive Secretary, George Amoh.

The NPC officials say the active participation of women in governance “is one sure way of achieving gender equality and breaking the bias against women.”

In the statement issued on the annual event of the International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, officials of the Council that brings together representatives of different religious groupings in Ghana laud the efforts of women in peacebuilding. 


The Peace Council appreciates the varied contributions of Ghanaian women towards national development, including peacebuilding, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence,” they say. 

They urge the women to further direct their efforts “at building violence-free homes and society by advocating total elimination of all forms of gender-based violence as well as domestic violence.” 

NPC officials call on all Ghanaians to support women in their efforts to build peace. 

“The Council respectfully appeals to all people of Ghana to continue to support women, who are the critical actors in peace-building, to help promote peaceful coexistence in our country,” they say. 

Officially recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 1977, the annual IWD has been set aside to recognize the efforts of women.

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The theme for this year's IWD theme was, "Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow."

In the March 8 statement, NPC officials recognize “the effective participation of women in leadership within the public and private sectors in Ghana.”

“We acknowledge that the number of women parliamentarians has increased minimally in Ghana’s Parliament,” they say, adding, “The 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic has forty women representing 14.55% compared to 10.55% and 13.8% in the 6th and 7th Parliaments, respectively.” 

Citing the 2021 Ghana Population and Housing Census, NPC officials say women make up about 50.7% of the country’s population. For this reason, NPC officials say, women “ought to be equally represented at the decision-making table.”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.