Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) has called on the government to prioritize issues on women and security.
According to FOSDA, since the government has subscribed to the UN Security Council Resolution she must work towards it and give much concentration on women and security.
FOSDA as part of its Women, Peace and and Security outreach seminar on Saturday July 1, 2023 visited the Accra High School to educate the students on some careers that they can attain with respect to Women and Peace and Security.
The activity is part of an ongoing project called the Monitoring GHANAP 2 Project and supported by PLAN International and Global Affairs Canada. It is also geared towards monitoring the implementation of the Ghana National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325.
Speaking to Starrfm.com.gh during the sensitization programme for female students at Accra High School, the Project Officer for FOSDA, Dorothy Barnes draws the government’s attention to the UN Security Council Resolutiona it has subscribed to with reference to Women, Peace and Security.
“Honestly, from what we have seen in our project the government needs to be more intentional about Women, Peace and Security. We have a framework and subscribed to the UN Security Council Resolution, so why are we hardly pursuing the activities we stated we will undertake in the GHANAP 2 document?
“We need to be more intentional about these things that need proper funding. A lot of the challenges that we hear are the lack or inadequacy of funds. What is the Ministry of Finance doing and how can they work hand in hand with the Ministry of Gender to make sure that we are funding these things and be more intentional about the kind of security we want in Ghana,” madam Barnes stated.
She continued: “We have to make sure that we are doing what we said we will do because we signed this UN framework and we brought consultants to create a whole document because we want it. Another challenge is that we seem to prioritize other things. Yes I know that there are other problems in the country but if we notice this as a problem and we said we wanted to work, let’s work on it.
The Project Officer further indicated that Ghana has set a timeline to achieve the policy framework that seeks to promote Women Peace and Security yet very little is being done.
“We are in 2023 and this actually ends in 2025 so we are asking ourselves what we are doing towards Women Peace and Security in Ghana. So we at FOSDA in respect of the framework have started engaging some security services like the Ghana Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service, National Peace Council,” madam Barnes added.