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A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #1

Date Posted: 07/05/2018

Follow this blog as we explore where a women’s place is in a post #metoo Ghanaian society.

A Woman's Place Is...

The past 18 months has been rife with people of all genders across the globe standing up to say time’s up on gender inequality. Over 7 million people worldwide took part in the 2017 Women’s March, a group of Silence Breakers held the coveted 2017 TIME person of the year position and #metoo was used 3 million times on twitter alone. However, there has been one voice, or one continent, which has been relatively quiet. Across West Africa #metoo failed to trend. However, this silence doesn’t mean gender inequality doesn’t exist. In Ghana, the maternal mortality rate is still high at 319 in 100,000 live births, there is low representation of women in decision making (12.7% representation in the national Parliament) and practices such as early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation still exist. So, this leads to the question of why recent feminist movements seem to be leaving West African women behind.

Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, is a vocal children and women rights activist and successful author. However, in 2016 her husband, Muhammadu Buhari, publicly declared that she “belongs to my kitchen”. This perception that, regardless of her own desires and accomplishments, a woman’s place is in the home is heavily ingrained in the cultures of many patriarchal countries across West Africa. Is this a contributing factor to the absence of these societies in feminist movements to date?

Through the Partner West Africa (PWA) Gender Research Project we are investigating cultural attitudes towards women on the ground in the Greater Accra Region. How ingrained is this culture, what is the actual impact of a patriarchal society on women’s lives and, most importantly, how can this change for the better?

Follow this blog as we explore where a women’s place is in a post #metoo Ghanaian society.

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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