The Vice-Presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Ms Eva Lokko, probably doing what she was chosen to do, is appealing to women voters to help the party wrest power from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
She said she appreciated their problems and would ensure a PPP government fashions and implements policies that will address them.
“So please my dear women, please join us [the PPP] and come out, bring out your talents, your competence, your experience and let’s build Ghana,” she appealed.
Ms Eva Lokko was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Thursday, a day after she was chosen as running-mate to the PPP flag-bearer, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom.
Commenting on the role of women in politics and national development, Eva Lokko noted that women had a lot to contribute to the progress of society but expressed regret that many women often shy away from public office because some Ghanaians tend to label or bad-mouth women in public service.
As far as she was concerned, women have the needed strength to support men in all aspects of life. She, therefore, advocated a change in the mindset of the society from one that undermines and despises women who are willing to serve in public office to one that respects and encourages women desirous of contributing their quota to the development of the nation.
Asked what she would do for women if her party won power, Eva said she was driven by the passion to change society’s view of women. The de-humanising practice of labeling women as witches or slots when they are not married at certain ages must cease, she said, insisting that allowing girls to carry back-breaking loads (Kayayoo) in order to eke out a living was shameful and the nation must wake up to its realities.