She said most women lacked confidence and optimism when vying for positions, adding: “This affects their chances of winning such competitive elections”.
In an interview with Silver Fm's Akwadaa Nyame, Madam Mabel Tagoe who had won two consecutive district level elections as a committee member stated that it is very important for women to contribute their quota to the nation’s development and, therefore, appealed to women who had excelled in leadership positions to help identify and mentor the youth to participate in decision-making.
Madam Tagoe, who is contesting for assembly membership for the first time said she was optimistic that she would win the election to support efforts by city authorities to develop the area.
According to her, during her tenure as a unit committee member , she helped her assembly member to lobbied for street lights for her area to ensure the safety of residents since the area was dark and dangerous.
“I also lobbied and ensured that our road was graded to ensure the free movement of vehicles,” she added.
Support for women
Madam Tagoe mentioned financial constraints and traditional beliefs as factors that hindered women’s participation in elections at the district and national levels.
Touching on the traditional beliefs, she explained that some customs prevented women from assuming leadership roles and contributing to national development, and suggested that,
“Much as it is still important to hold on to our traditional values, traditional leaders and authorities should intensify efforts to modernise some of these customs, to allow women to participate in development.
“Some women desire and have the ability to be leaders. However, due to lack of finance and support from society, they are discouraged to take that initiative,” she said.
Madam Tagoe therefore called on organisations and individuals to support women who decided to be part of governance and the leadership process.
While urging women to be transparent and dedicated when given the mandate of leadership, she advised them to serve their members since that is a sign of good leadership.