Minority must render apology to Lydia Alhassan over ''Bloody widow" comment- Majority women caucus

By Wendy Amarteifio
Minority must render apology to Lydia Alhassan over ''Bloody widow
Minority must render apology to Lydia Alhassan over ''Bloody widow" comment- Majority women caucus

The Majority women caucus in parliament has called on the minority to render an unqualified apology to the MP of Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan over "bloody widow" comment.

The NPP women have condemned the action of the minority raising placards with the inscription "bloody widow" when they staged a walkout during the swearing-in of Lydia Alhassan, wife of the late Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, in solidarity with victims of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

Reading the statement released by the Majority women caucus in parliament, Deputy Majority Leader Adwoa Sarfo described the action of the minority as irresponsible.

According to her,'' widowhood is not a crime, neither will any woman wish to be a widow, the minority must bow down their head in shame and render an apology to honorable Lydia Seyram Alhassan as expected of honorable members.'' 

She added they are disappointed in the action of the Minority in parliament yesterday February 5, 2019, by displaying placards with the inscription ''bloody widow''

Below is the statement


Widowhood is not by choice!
Widowhood is not by chance !!
Widowhood is not evitable !!!
Widowhood makes women and their children prone to numerous injustices and abuses irrespective of age, race, religious beliefs, societal class.....
Every woman is a potential widow.

Ghana as a developing Democratic country who propagates respect for individual rights & freedoms and the respect for rule of Law cannot allow NDC and their cohorts to drag the good image of Ghana to the mud.

Ghanaians, more especially women should assume with the highest level of disdain and appalling over the act of NDC minority in Parliament during the swearing in of the newly elected member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon - Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan on Tuesday, 5th February 2019. This is an absolute insult to widows, married women, Spinsters, Ghanaian women and women all over the world.

it is very unacceptable and disrespectful for the NDC minority MPs to call Honourable Lydia Alhassan as a “Bloody widow”
When did this become a part of our respected culture to openly raise all manner of uncalled names against a woman who suddenly lost her husband leaving behind five young children to her care?

People of Ghana are aware that the house of Parliament is a place of matured minds with deserved experiences and a place where laws are made, which means parliament gives birth to the laws of this country and makes decisions on behalf of the country, hence, the minority MPs ought to be condemned in no uncertain terms by all Ghanaians especially widows and orphans.

I challenge the Minority in Parliament to show some sign of remorse for their actions and begin to show respect to the widow, the children and the family of the Late Emmanuel Agyarko.

Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan is an independent industrious woman who has been an epitome of hope for
Women of NPP and women in Ghana at large. We are proud of her achievements and believe she will contribute immensely to the welfare of women and the nation-building in Ghana.

From the New Patriotic Party-NPP women across Ghana and beyond, we say a big Congratulations to Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon in Greater Accra.