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A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #2

Date Posted: 14/05/2018

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

A Woman's Place Is... Empowering Each Other

The saying goes: ‘behind every great man is a great woman’. This conjures up images of Barack and Michelle Obama, or Bill and Melinda Gates. But who is it standing behind our great women? Who is standing behind Malala or Beyoncé? Both have openly praised the strong and inspirational women in their lives, whether that be their own mothers or peers. In light of this, maybe it’s time to re-write the saying.

This has rung true throughout the first phase of the PWA Gender Research Project. The team has been meeting with subject matter experts working in the local area. From NGOs who educate women on their legal rights through to the Ghanaian government’s Ministry for Gender; what has been striking is the determination to lift all women up higher than they ever have before. A shining example of this is Girl Guides Ghana.

Girl Guides Ghana have a growing network of female volunteers across the country. These volunteers bring together young women and girls to ‘live to their full potential’. Through activities, education and workshops, Girl Guides are empowering their fellow women to strive for more and break down the gender stereotypes that are enforced upon them. This has worked exceptionally well in Kokrobite, where Girl Guides have gone on to form a high percentage of the teaching staff in local schools. An exceptional achievement considering female literacy in Ghana is more than 10% lower than males; a sign that Girl Guides are changing how women are viewed in the area and opening more doors to current and future generations.

So, whether it’s mums, teachers, friends or peers, the Girl Guides are showing us that behind every great women is another inspirational woman. Which is why the more women who take their place empowering each other, the higher women in Ghana will go.

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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