Often we view major political institutions as fixed, particularly the electoral system. In this episode, Gloria Ofori-Boadu, a law lecturer at the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration, challenges us to consider major institutional reforms ranging from the electoral system to systems of party finance. At present, under 15% of the seats in the Parliament of Ghana are represented by a woman. Gloria emphasizes how institutional reform can shape outcomes leading to, among many things, higher rates of women representation in Ghana.
Gloria also offers a first-person account drawing on her experiences in civil society, politics, and academia contributed to her pro-reform views. In particular, Gloria founded the non-governmental organization Women Assistance and Business Association (WABA) and ran for the member of parliament in Akim Abuakwa South constituency. Based on her experiences, she emphasizes how advocacy for reform should reflect lessons learned from other countries. A comparative viewpoint allows countries to borrow institutional practices, policies, and advocacy techniques from one another.
The views expressed in this episode are the guest’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Leaders of Africa.