Don’t be discouraged by sexist comments – Obuobia to women in politics

The NDC Parliamentary candidate for the Weija-Gbawe Constituency, Obuobia Darko-Opoku, has admonished women who aspire to go into politics not to be deterred by the difficulties in that field.

According to her, the perception that women who venture into politics have to give sexual favors to get to the top should not deter women from pursuing their dreams. She said that fiction should rather be a motivating factor for their success in politics.

“You don’t have to look at the difficulties [in politics] because the difficulties are there, some you deal with it.

“You get into a certain situation that everybody thinks that once a woman decides to get into politics that means she is sleeping with a lot of men around town or she is ready to hit one big target that will push her to the top but it shouldn’t tickle you at all,” Obuobia said in an interview on GHone Wednesday.

The former journalist with Accra-based Radio Gold is, however, hopeful that people will one day let go of the perception that women have to sleep their way to the top and accept that most women are at the apex of their careers by dint of hard work.

“A lot of hard work that is exactly what has pushed some of us up there and not because we jumped from one man to the other. It doesn’t get to me at all, it urges me on,” Ms. Darko-Opoku mentioned.

She added: “I think it is a wrong perception that people have about women in politics and I’m praying that we will get into a certain time in this country where people can simply clear their minds of that and understand that people have really worked hard to get where they are.”

Source: GHone | Ghana