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A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #7

Date Posted: 18/06/2018

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

Whether you look to our schools, our hospitals, our businesses, our communities or our government, in every society women are still struggling to break the infamous glass ceiling or, as some have named it, the glass wall. Just this month the CEO of Qatar Airlines claimed that his organisation must be ‘led by a man’ as ‘it’s very challenging’. However, research has shown that women are more than capable to lead: start-ups who are led by women are more successful despite receiving less investment than their male equivalents.

In Ghana, gender parity is still not a reality (just 12.7% of parliamentarians are female). However, there is a group of formidable women working hard to change this. Prior to colonial rule in Ghana, each community was lead by a local male Chief and female Queen Mother; with equal responsibility and true gender parity. Following the end of the colonial rule, Chiefs were reinstated in their roles, but Queen Mothers were relegated to ceremonial duties. Unsurprisingly, the ten thousand strong Queen Mothers are campaigning to change this.

Spearheading the campaign is Nana Konadu, former First Lady of Ghana. A strong and highly influential character, Konadu has worked hard to further women’s rights across Ghana for decades. She played a significant role is the development of the Interstate Succession Law, which allowed women to inherit from their husband on his death. A huge leap forward for women in Ghana.

The world has a long way to go in gender parity in leadership but as Konadu shows us, here in Ghana, society progresses quickly and effectively when a woman’s place is in leadership.

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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