This year’s United Nations International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament was celebrated in Suhum, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, on May 24, 2024. The event was held under the theme “Strengthening Ghana’s Democracy: The Role of Women in Ensuring Peaceful Elections.”

Mrs. Joyce Opoku Boateng, Deputy CEO of the Middle Belt Development Authority, spoke on behalf of Chief of Staff Hon. Frema Opare. She praised women for their significant contributions to national development and emphasized the importance of the celebration in highlighting the role of women in promoting peace and progress.

She noted that the theme of the event was particularly relevant as Ghana gears up for the 2024 general elections. “Ghana is often regarded as a model of democracy in Africa, having held free and fair elections since transitioning to multiparty democracy in 1992. The country’s democracy is characterized by a vibrant parliamentary system, respect for human rights, and a commitment to the rule of law, making it a shining example of democratic governance on the continent. With this great achievement, it is also important to remind ourselves of the roles we play in maintaining the peace, security, and stability the country currently enjoys,” she said.

Hon. Margaret Darko Darkwaa, Suhum Municipal Chief Executive, called for increased empowerment and participation of women to ensure continued development. She highlighted the significant impact of women’s contributions to national development, using her own achievements as Municipal Chief Executive for eight successive years as an example. She encouraged young adults and other women to push themselves and strive for leadership positions in various fields.

Dr. Mark Owusu Boadu, Chairman of the Eastern Regional Peace Council, urged all Ghanaians to embrace peace as the country prepares for the upcoming general elections. He advised the public to disregard politicians who use abusive language during campaigns and called on all politicians to use their platforms to promote peace, free from insults and personal attacks, to ensure the continued socio-economic development of the country.

Credit: Nana Kwame George Snr Freelance Journalist E/R