Mr. Speaker, I am very grateful to be given this opportunity to make a Statement in connection with
the event, Mothers Day, which is very important to everyone because we all have mothers.
Mr. Speaker, however, this great event is recognized in the second week of the month of May and Catholics call it fourth Sunday in Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mr. Speaker, history has it that Mothers Day started 150 years ago in the United State of America, where a lady by name Anna Jarvis, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a course she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She then called it Mothers Work-week.
Mr. Speaker, this great woman died in 1905. However, her daughter, also known as Anna began a campaign to memorialize the work of her mother. It is said that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave her when she was alive, in which she said and with your permission, I quote:
“I hope and pray that someday, someone will find a memorial mothers Day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.”
Mr. Speaker, the lady Anna therefore started to lobby prominent businessmen, politicians including President Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honour mothers.
Mr. Speaker, at one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna's mother in 1908 at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother's favourite flowers, the white carnation.
In 1913 the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the Federal Government to wear white carnation on the Mothers Day.
Mr. Speaker, Anna was not pleased
when profit-making people started selling cards, gifts and flowers on this special day of mothers and in 1923, she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mothers Day festival and was even arrested for disturbing the peace of a convention when carnation flowers were sold to a war mother's group.
Mr. Speaker, despite Anna's misgivings, Mothers Day came to stay. It is the most popular day of the year in the United States of America where people dine out, send out gifts and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere call to honour and express their love to their mothers.
Mr. Speaker, there is no denying the fact that the Mothers Day concept has had expressions in other context in modern times like women empowerment, gender balance, girl-child emancipation and many more.
Before I resume my seat, I say bravo to all mothers including myself. No wonder the great Nigerian singer sang his song “Sweet Mother I no go forget you”.
The word “mother” as we all know stands for:
M - Motivating
O - Obedience
T - Tolerance
H - Honesty
E - Entrepreneurship
R - Reliability
And one can find these qualities in every mother throughout the world.
Thank you. Ms. Akua Sena Dansua (NDC -
North Dayi): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to associate myself with the Statement made by my hon. Colleague and to say that she has actually taken the wind out of my sail because I have also just submitted a statement on the same issue. It only means that we are thinking in the same direction.
Having said that, Mr. Speaker, I would like to first of all congratulate all Ghanaian women for the great work they are doing in bringing up very responsible and useful citizens of this country. Particularly, I want to salute women who single- handedly have toiled or are toiling to raise these children and also to maintain their families.
Mr. Speaker, of late, there has been a very disturbing situation where women are gradually being forced into single parenthood. A lot of our men are becoming irresponsible and this can be borne out of the fact that most of the report made at Women and Juvenile Unit (WAJU) and at the police stations all over the country attest to this phenomenon. And I would want to appeal to our men, especially those who are shirking their responsibilities to their families, to be up and doing.
Mr. Speaker, in the same vein, I would also call for the establishment of WAJU in all the regional and district capitals. I am particularly worried about the districts because these are the areas where the women bear the brunt of the problems of irresponsibility of men. And I think that when WAJU establishes in the districts, women who are aggrieved would have the opportunity to voice out their feelings and also have their problems addressed.
Mr. Speaker, I would also want to call for the enforcement of general legal instruments such as the Child Right Regulations 2002, L.I. 1705, the Parent Intestate Succession Law, PNDC Law