Digitalization has reduced demand for sex from women in exchange for public services -Bawumia

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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that mobile money interoperability has decreased sexual harassment and the demand for sexual favors from women by public servants.

The leader of the ruling New Patriotic Party noted that women have benefited from financial inclusion as a result of mobile money interoperability, as well as from the decrease in the demand for sexual favors from women in exchange for public service delivery, which he said has now become more digital, resulting in fewer human contacts.

Dr. Bawumia called for more effective policies that will ensure the inclusion of women and the exploitation of their talents, particularly as Ghana enters the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Speaking on Wednesday morning at the Female CEOs Summit in Accra, Dr. Bawumia said that women are “naturally talented and enterprising” and that they play “indispensable roles” in the growth of the nation. She also added that empowering women will have a big impact on the nation’s development in many areas.

Thus, he urged the adoption of laws that will guarantee women’s participation and provide them the authority to guarantee inclusive national growth.

“The contribution of women in our national development, across all sectors, is massive. We have to include them more and Ghana will be the beneficiary as a country,” Dr Bawumia stated.

Speaking about the measures the government has implemented to guarantee women’s inclusion and empowerment, Dr. Bawumia emphasized how the government’s digitalization initiative, which he has led, is having a positive effect on women’s inclusion in previously excluded areas as well as women-owned businesses.

“It is imperative that we recognise the indispensable role of women in driving innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. The digital revolution has brought unprecedented opportunities for growth and advancement, and women have immensely benefited,” Dr Bawumia added.

“In Ghana, we have witnessed the power of technology to break down barriers, foster collaboration, and empower individuals from all walks of life.”

“However, to truly harness the potential of the digital age, we must ensure that women have equal access to resources, opportunities, and support systems. In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the role of women in leadership positions cannot be overstated,” He said.

Dr Bawumia stressed that digital initiatives which have been successfully implemented by the government, such as the national digital identity system, national identity systems, mobile money interoperability, delivery of medical supplies through drones and digitalisation of public services, are policies whose impacts have contributed significantly to including many women in areas they were previously excluded, and empowering them where they were less empowered.

“Until many of these interventions, many women were most affected in terms of exclusion. For instance, the high population of women who were previously excluded from being formally identified have now been included in national identity through the national identification system.”

The Vice President also mentioned that maternal mortality has reduced due to the availability of drones, which deliver essential medical supplies in real time to remote areas during emergencies.


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