Female Representatiom in the Senior Positions in the Executive Branch-A case Study of Ghana's Ministry of Energy and Petroloeum
- Female Representatiom in the Senior Positions in the Executive Branch-A case Study of Ghana's Ministry of Energy and Petroloeum
- NUNOO, ANGELA RHODA NAA ARDUA
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- KDI School of Public Policy and Management
- According to the overall sex ratio of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum the men outnumber the women within the period 1997-2012 with the exception of the years 2004, 2008 and 2009 before and after the enactment of the Affirmative Action policy in 2001 in Ghana. The story was the same at the senior level position which include directors and assistant directors. In this vein, this study focused on the female representation at the senior level position of the Ministry. The purpose of this research was to identify the reasons for low representation of female at the senior level positions. On this basis this research proposed the utilization of Affirmative Action policy together with between 30 per cent to 40 per cent quotas to increase the numbers of women at the senior level positions.
Both quantitative and qualitative method of research was employed with the aid of stratified sampling technique in getting the sample for the research. A sample size of forty (40) comprising of twenty seven (27) for survey and ten (13) for interview were utilized. Both the survey and interview questions had the same category of questions including background information recruitment, promotion and training working relations and performance, and knowledge of affirmative action policy and its impact.
The findings of the study reflected that the reasons why the men outnumber the women in the Ministry include the technical nature of work, treks for monitoring projects and long hours of work. The usage of Affirmative Action Policy alongside quotas (30 per cent-40 per cent) and providing encouragement and motivation to women to aspire for senior level positions will help to resolve this issue.
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