Views: 297 Stephen Kojo Tetteh Margaret Brew-ward, Advocacy and Campaign Manager, Actionaid Ghana has reiterated the need for government to rec...
Stephen Kojo Tetteh
Margaret Brew-ward, Advocacy and Campaign Manager, Actionaid Ghana has reiterated the need for government to recognize unpaid care work and give them the necessary tax incentives to positively help them in their progress in society.
She bemoaned high taxes imposed by revenue authorities on unpaid care workers including Kayayi’s and the stress they go through to make a livelihood.
Mrs. Brew-ward suggested that the government instead of giving corporate tax incentives and holidays to companies to invest in Ghana, such incentives should rather be channelled towards the empowerment of these women to equip them face live challenges.
She advised government to mobilise these resources to prevent them from being head potters because she believes being Kayayie is not their destiny.
‘’Government can provide services, infrastructure, resource allocation to build hospitals, to build child care facilities, provide women with energy saving stoves, so that they don’t have to go to the bush to mobilize firewood when it’s not even there because the environment is already degraded, they don’t get it they have to walk for huge or long distances before they get it. ‘’
It is important also to provide public day care centres in both rural and urban areas to enable both the poor and the rich access.
On his part, Benjamin Tawiah, Public Relations Manager, Actionaid alleged that government loses $2.27 Billion in corporate tax incentives each year to foreign companies coming to invest in Ghana. ‘’Some companies come in to Ghana especially the telecommunication industry and after a year or two they change their name to invade taxes.’’ He said.
This call Actionaid says is a nationwide appeal because it affects women not only women in Ghana but the globe as well.
Actionaid Ghana is embarking on the Power Project, a project that supports women’s empowerment and livelihood.