Ayorkor Botchwey, Cynthia Morrison, others join march to halt violence against women in politics

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Loyal Ladies under the youth wing of the party have hit the streets of Suhum to march to halt violence against women in politics.

They were joined by top party and government officials including Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Gender and Social Protection Minister, Cynthia Morrison and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Service Secretariat, Gifty Oware Aboagye among many others.

The decision to commemorate the day comes on the back of what they say are attacks unleashed on its members four years ago by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Suhum in the run up to the 2016 election.

They claim some thugs, allegedly hired by the NDC, perpetuated violence on them when they were campaigning to garner votes for Nana Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the NPP.

Clad in the NPP paraphernalia, the group, amidst brass band music, walked through the principal streets of Suhum to preach against violence in politics.

Addressing the ladies at the short rally after the walk, the Gender Minister applauded the group for rising up against violence perpetuated against women in politics.

She described the brutalities unleashed on the group in 2016 as unfortunate and urged political parties to desist from such acts.

“In this modern day and age, we shouldn’t encourage violence against women who are into politics. It’s a matter of ideas sharing and the making of choices so if you disagree with your opponent try not to visit violence on them, let’s restrain ourselves and know that such attacks can lead to loss of lives,” she appealed.

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