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A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #5

A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #5

Date Posted: 04/06/2018

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

A Woman's Place Is... At School

Malala Yousafzai’s fight for education, particularly for girls, has made headlines around the world and in 2014 she became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work. It’s been nearly a decade since eleven year old Malala first started speaking up about the importance of education and a lot has happened since then; not just for her personally but for girls and education around the globe. The gender parity index is closing for youth (0.96, youth aged between 15 and 24) compared to adult populations (0.92, 25 to 64 years), showing that access to education is improving.

Ghana is also changing with global trends. Women’s literacy, although still lower than the male equivalent, has improved and it is now free for all to attend Senior High School. However, it is known that rural communities are often slower to adopt country wide changes in attitudes and practicalities. So, has this trend also improved education for women in the communities PWA work in?

We’ve been researching this very question. We’ve spoken to over 200 people, and the majority agreed that it is easier for girls to go to school today than it was five years ago; a positive step forward. Even more encouragingly nine out of ten of community members agreed that girls should study all the way up to university. However, of the women we interviewed only 34% have progressed further than JHS (15% lower than boys), so even though attitudes are changing why are our girls not taking the next steps?

Follow the PWA Gender Blog to discover more about the extent to which and reasons behind why women and girls still struggle to progress further in education.

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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