Story by Hanna Elinam Atatsi /www.cmonline.com.gh
Mrs. Samira Bawumia, the second lady of the republic of Ghana has disclosed that heads of public and private institutions must develop a code of ethics that protects women from being preyed upon by sexual predators in their various organizations.
Mrs. Samira Bawumia, who has observed sexual harassment was affecting women empowerment in Ghana, called for disciplinary measures n institutions that would stop sexual harassment.
“I know what young women go through, especially when they are desperate for jobs. There are young women who would go through that every day because their bosses insist they have to sleep with them before they give them jobs.” She emphasized.
Speaking over the weekend in Accra at a forum organized by Professionals for change, a group within the New Patriotic Party, Mrs. Bawumia urged heads of institutions to “go the extra step to make the workplace safe for our girls”.
“The message I’m putting out I that sexual harassment is an unspoken issue within institutions in Ghana. Every woman may know somebody or may have experienced sexual harassment at one point in her life.
Unfortunately, at the very top, the decision makers are predominantly men,” Mrs. Bawumia stressed.
She stated that the decision to hire or promote women must be based on advantage, adding that a woman who was qualified should be given the opportunity and that she did not have to give sexual favors to a man.
Again, she indicated that investing in young women leadership would not only change the trajectory of their future but also that of communities and the country.
‘’It is important to note that women cannot exercise greater leadership or even develop leadership competencies without being empowered,’’ she said.
Finally, she advise4d the students to pursue personal development, which she said was crucial for empowering women for leadership roles.
‘’Personal development is a process that helps you become a better version of yourself,’’ she stressed and called on them to build their human capital to facilitate their employability.