By Vanessa Adjei & Regina Agana Akantiba
Imagine! Just imagine! What a loss of a baby can do to a woman? Many a time, women suffer a lot of trauma before, during, and after pregnancy both at home and at the hospital. However, it is never an easy one for men who lose their babies and even sometimes their wives. This may be a result of many factors including medical neglect by Nurses and Doctors and sometimes lack of basic hospital essentials.
This could have been the story of Madam Ellen Ama Ofosuaa Daaku an Aspiring National Women’s Organizer on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party, NPP. She recounted a similar experience that occurred some years ago. Due to her past experience, Madam Daaku decided to give back to society by recently donating some items to the Abetifi Presbyterian Clinic specifically to the Maternity Ward where she shared her story.
A brush with reality at Childbirth:
Madam Daaku said about 7years she nearly lost her second child at the hospital because the facility lacked certain basic hospital supplies. According to her, what she encountered has propelled her to be an advocate for hospitals that lack certain key supplies to be equipped with the essentials needed for smooth operations in the various wards especially the maternity across the country especially those in remote areas.
Women in Politics:
Reacting to why women are less represented in politics, the Aspiring National Women’s Organiser said women are the most affected in anything that happens within the society, yet less represented in the decision-making process. Some schools of thought attribute it to fear. In an interview with GBC News, Madam Daaku debunked such claims. she said it’s high time women are well represented in the decision-making process in Ghana because women constitute an integral part of the day-to-day administration of things.
Touching on some of the core issues affecting women, especially in the rural Communities, which deprive them of reaching their full potential, Madam Daaku mentioned the lack of access to resources as a key element that is preventing women from getting to the top.
”When a woman has money, she thinks about everybody, therefore, it makes things easier when running or occupying a position” she added that women don’t think about getting side….. unlike men who have “side chicks”, she alleged.
Madam Daaku admonished young women and girls to look beyond the stereotypes and go into politics and never look back.
Still, on the issues affecting women, the NPP National Women’s Organizer Hopeful said domestic violence is one key problem affecting most women, physically, mentally, and emotionally, but people seem to talk about just the physical aspect, she said, ” forgetting that most women are dying in silence in the hands of men”.
Records show that Teenage Pregnancy is one of the leading causes of School Dropout in Ghana. It is in light of this that the government introduced a policy to take back the mothers to the classrooms after childbirth. Madam Daaku commended the government, through the Ghana Education Service, GES, and Child Rights Organizations for championing the Back to School, or Stay in School Initiative, which kept the young mothers in School during pregnancy term and post-delivery.
Stating some things, she will do for women; Madam spoke of empowerment by providing access to resources to enable the women to contribute more to national development.
Ellen Ama Ofosuaa Daaku is a member of the New Patriotic Party, NPP Communications Team. She is a young woman comparatively seeking to be elected to the high office of National Women’s Organizer for the NPP. She hails from Abetifi in the Eastern Region. She is quite passionate about Women’s Rights Issues and wants to take it further to the decision-making spaces to position women more proportionally in their contribution to the national agenda.