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A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #9

Date Posted: 02/07/2018

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

A Woman's Place... Is Ageless

Today Ghanaian's are celebrating Republic Day. Not only a day to celebrate Ghana’s first ever president but also a day to show appreciation for the country’s elders who were crucial players in Ghana’s journey to independence. Across the world and history, women have played key roles in huge political changes, both locally and nationally. However, women who championed these campaigns in the 50s and 60s are often finding themselves excluded from the modern gender equality movements of today. This is no surprise considering global attitudes towards older women; recently Senator Bill Kintner suggested that older women were ‘safe’ from sexual violence and women’s rights activist Germaine Greer (rightly or wrongly) was labelled a dinosaur.

Upon beginning the PWA Gender Research Project, the team were shocked to learn that 93% of global sexual violence studies excluded women over the age of 49 and even the robust Sustainable Development Goal 5 has a number of key performance indicators that exclude women in this age group. In Ghana, Queen Mothers are key players in women’s rights and their influence is on track to increase (read about Ghana’s Queen Mothers here). As such, Queen Mothers and their generation will be essential influencers on how gender is viewed in our communities. For this reason, the PWA research project has included women of all ages so the team can develop a solid understanding of the attitudes and impacts of gender for older generations.

Women of all ages are not only impacted by gender inequality but are all players in changing attitudes towards gender. We are working hard to make sure that women are not limited by their age, after all a women’s place is ageless.  

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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