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A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #10

Date Posted: 09/07/2018

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

Taylor Swift is a pop icon. With millions of fans worldwide, numerous public celebrity feuds and a very public love life, she is a constant subject for tabloid gossip. However, she recently hit the headlines for another reason. In 2017 Swift sued David Mueller for sexual assault. She created waves within her testimony by refusing to be blamed for the assault and the repercussions it had on Mueller’s life; calling out one of the countless ways women are vilified for crimes committed against them. However, this is just one case of many. The rights of women are often undermined by society; from the assumption that a women’s only place is in the home, to rape culture, to the lack of promotion for women in business. Women’s right to be treated fairly and equally are continuously undermined; often resulting in the abuse of these.

As a highly influential celebrity Swift was able to stand up for her rights, but with many cases of assault still going unreported, is this empowerment reaching all women around the world? The PWA Gender Research Project has been examining this question in our communities.

One of the key areas the team has uncovered is the lack of understanding of women’s rights and issues. 1 in 4 people believed that only a man needs to consent to sexual contact and only a small proportion of community members have been educated in contraception. This has led to the question of how men and women can stand up for women’s rights when they do not know what they are to start with. With many community members unable to access formal schooling, this informal education is often dictated by a variety of divisions of society such as religious organisations or the local community leadership. As such, working with our communities to understand how core values of these institutions can help and support women to access their basic legal rights is an essential step in empowering everyone to stand against the abuse of women.

Although the global journey towards combatting the abuse of women’s rights is well underway, an important and crucial step for our communities is to first educate members on the entitlements of women. Whether in school or at home, a woman’s place is educated.

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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