9:24, 13.Jan 2017
The Minister of Special Development Initiative, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has appealed to women in the country to fight demands by men to have sex with them before offering them jobs.
According to her, women who fall prey become a laughing stock and lose their dignity.
“Don’t allow yourself to be used by the men before they give you jobs, resist it with all your ability,” the Awutu-Senya East lawmaker said to Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Thursday, 8 March on the occasion of the International Women’s Day celebration.
She added: “The men will respect you if you are able to stand your ground to resist their demands. Likewise, they will make you a topic among themselves when they meet and that reduces your dignity as a woman.”
This year’s celebration is under the theme: “Press for Progress”.
The day has been set aside to recognise the achievements of women without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political divisions.
The first observance of a Women's Day was held on 28 February 1909 in New York.
March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman's Conference to become an International Woman's Day.
After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.
Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights.