2024 Election: Political parties must select women as running mates, says FIDA

Some civil society groups including FIDA believes Ghana has an automatic chance of having a female vice president if both the NPP and NDC pick a woman as running mate

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Ghana) has emphasised the need for political parties in the country to consider women as running mates ahead of the December 2024 elections.

The two main political parties namely the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) are yet to officially announce running mates ahead of the elections.

Some civil society groups including FIDA believe Ghana has an automatic chance of having a female vice-president if the NPP and NDC, both pick a woman as running mate.

Speaking with Nana Yaa Mensah on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday 11 (January), the acting executive director at FIDA, Susan Aryeetey said selecting women has a lot to offer.

“We have realised that some parties have made the effort to be more inclusive, but what about our two major political parties and if you look at the pattern of leadership, it swings between the NDC and NPP,” she said.

“The NDC has actually made that move to get a female running mate, but we need to make sure that this is also maintained and not changed along the way. That is why we have to come out and broadly say that it is time for all the political parties to consider having a woman as a running mate.”

“Because when it comes to women, there is a narrative that says women always bring different perspectives to the table and women are in the majority, so why is it that the majority is excluded from the political party table,” Aryeetey added.

Listen to Susan Aryeetey in the attached audio clip below: 

Meanwhile FIDA has commended the small political parties for embracing the idea of inclusion by selecting female running mates over the past few years.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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