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GHANAIAN WOMEN IN PROMINENT POSITIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cornelia Amoah (PAO)   
Friday, 27 March 2009 00:09

By the issue of equal representation of women has been spearheaded by many since independence and in this generation, lots of groups continue to work relentlessly to draw attention to the need for capable women to be offered strategic positions in and outside government.

The 2007 Annual Progress Report of the African Peer Review Mechanism recorded low representation of women in public life in spite of commitments to ensure 30% women’s representation in executive positions at all levels.

The APRM indicated the need for the development of policies and programmes to increase the representation of women in public life.

Subsequently, a number of significant appointments of women have been made.

The appointment of the first woman Chief Justice in Ghana, Her Ladyship Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, the first woman Government Statistician Mrs. Grace Bediako, the first woman Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mrs. Elizabeth Mills-Robertson, the Acting Commissioner of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice Ms Anna Bossman,the Commissioner of the Ghana Immigration Service, Ms Elizabeth Adjei and the first woman Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Mrs. Naana Opoku Agyeman.

The most recent is the appointment of the first woman Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Mrs. Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford Addo.

Mrs. Justice Bamford Addo was unanimously elected by both sides of the Legislature and was sworn-into office by the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Mrs. Georgina Wood just before the inauguration of Ghana’s new President, His Excellency John Evans Atta-Mills on 7th January 2009.

Mrs. Justice Joyce Bamford Addo is a retired justice of the Supreme Court.

The appointment of the Speaker has attracted commendation and congratulatory messages from all walks of life.

The significance of two women heading two of the three arms of government, the Judiciary and the Legislature has brought hope to many that the future holds a lot of promise to fulfill the quest for the APRM National Programme of Action to ensure gender equality in Ghana.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 13:02
 
PRESIDENT PROF J. E. A. MILLS PROFILE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cornelia Amoah (PAO)   
Thursday, 26 March 2009 22:50

On Wednesday the 7th of January 2009, Ghana swore-in her 3rd President of the 4th Republic at the independence square in Accra.

President John Evans Atta Mills, the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2008 General Elections, was born on July 21st, 1944, at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana and has his roots at Ekumfi Otuam in the Mfantsiman East Constituency of the Central Region.

He attended Achimota Secondary School, where he completed the Advanced Level Certificate in 1963. He continued his education at the University of Ghana, Legon for a bachelor's degree and professional certificate in Law in 1967. 

President Mills went aboard to do a PhD in Law at the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, United Kingdom, where he was awarded a PhD degree after successfully defending his doctoral thesis in taxation and economic development. While there President John Evans Atta Mills was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to attend the equally prestigious Stanford Law School in the United States of America. 

President Mills' first formal teaching assignment was Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, Legon. He spent almost twenty five years imparting knowledge at Legon and other institutions of higher learning. President Mills rose from lecturer to senior lecturer and subsequently Associate Professor.

He served on numerous boards and committees and made remarkable contributions to the University.  During his years of teaching and research, President Mills traveled as a Visiting Lecturer and Professor at a number of educational institutions worldwide and presented research papers at symposia and conferences.  In 1988, President John Evans Atta Mills served as Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service of Ghana and on January 7, 1997, he was sworn-in as the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana. 

In 2002, President Mills went to the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Affairs in the University of British Columbia, Canada as Visiting Scholar to share the ideals of NEPAD and the African Peer Review Mechanism with Canadian students and Research Scholars. Prof. John Evans Atta Mills continues to contribute to the development of good governance in the Republic of Ghana. 

In December 2002, President John Evans Atta Mills was elected by his party the National Democratic Congress as its flag bearer and led them into the 2004 and the just ended 2008 elections. As an advocate of recreation and an active sportsman and sports fan, President John Evans Atta Mills has supported the academic community and the nation through his contribution to the Ghana Hockey Association and National Sports Council of Ghana.

He makes time for swimming and uses it as a form of exercise. President John Evans Atta Mills is married to Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, an educationist, and has a 19 year old son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2009 23:09
 
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