16th July 2024

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has assured Development Partners of the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring gender equality and equal opportunity for the vulnerable in society.

The minister said this during an interaction with the partners to discuss issues pertaining to the Ministry last week.

The partners in the meeting included Heads of Cooperation of UK AID, the World Bank, the United Nation’s Resident Coordinator and Country Directors of the United Nations Population Fund, United Nation’s Children Fund and UNESCO.

Commitment

The Minister applauded the development partners for their support to the government’s covid-19 relief efforts. She assured them of government’s commitment towards ensuring equal opportunities for all Ghanaians.

“I express my deepest gratitude to our development partners who have come together to support the government’s covid 19 relief efforts and for their ongoing support to strengthen the various efforts of the Ministry. Your dedication to all our endeavours has been critical to the development of the Nation and I assure you that this government is committed to ensuring gender equality and equal opportunities for all persons, especially, the most vulnerable in our society,” she added.

She also reiterated the need for support to scale up the Nation’s social protection program to reach the targeted number of 1.5 million Ghanaians and 350,000 households under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme.

She disclosed that the aim of the Ministry is to ensure that the Affirmative Action and Aged Persons Bills are passed with the Ghana Social Protection Policy Bill reviewed. She expressed hope that the partners will help push these bills and other legislative frameworks to safeguard and protect the rights of the vulnerable in the country.

Social safety program

She assured them of her commitment to enhance inter-ministerial and inter-agency collaboration, especially, between her Ministry and the Ministries of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development and Health.

The development partners on their part assured the Minister of their utmost commitment to support the Government’s quest to protect the vulnerable. They promised to ensure the completion of the registration of the extreme poor under the Ghana National Household Registry to cover all 16 regions. So far, only 5 regions out of the 16 have been covered.

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