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Four Critical Ways to Support the Women's Movement in West Africa

Forty women from diverse walks of life have stressed the need for stakeholders, especially decision makers in Africa to take necessary actions that will create equal opportunities for women on the continent. At a women’s dialogue in Accra, they called on African leaders to domesticate international protocols and show the appropriate political will to put women at the core of decision making and implementation in African countries. This would afford women the needed opportunities to make invaluable contributions in high-level decision-making processes.

According to a report from the forum, the West African Women’s Dialogue that took place in Accra, Ghana, from 10 – 12 July 2018, “women remain disproportionately represented in leadership and decision-making positions despite years of demand for affirmative action and 30% representation in parliament.

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