Women in Ghana, participating in politics
We are proud of our collaboration with women's rights organisations in Ghana, where we have worked since 1991.

During this time, we have supported Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) to increase women’s participation in Ghana’s political processes and ensure the government’s 40% women in politics commitment by 2015. We also partnered with the Gender and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre), on a programme to reduce women’s susceptibility to HIV infection through the establishment of HIV education and prevention teams to increase awareness and provide information and support, as well as the convening of a national coalition of civil society organisations to lobby policy-makers for change in Ghana.

Although Ghana is not a current Womankind focus country, as our strategy is about working in greater depth to have the biggest impact possible, we continue to network, share learning and funding opportunities with our partners in Ghana and we advocate at the international level, alongside and in solidarity with partners across our network.

Below are some highlights of how we have supported our women's rights partners in Ghana:

Funding leadership and opportunities for women

Supporting women to take part in decision-making processes – both at home and in wider society – is a crucial part of reducing poverty and ending violence against women and girls.

As leaders, women can play a vital role in promoting equality, and making their voices and opinions heard locally and nationally.

With our partner, the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre), we have:

  • Supported female candidates for local and national leadership positions, and female MPs, through research, campaign materials and media opportunities
  • Established young women’s clubs focused on rights and democracy and promoting leadership skills. This supports the next generation of women to have an equal say and share in Ghana’s progress
  • Educated voters to support female candidates to improve women’s involvement in society
  • Conducted meetings with women’s associations and high profile figures to discuss women’s involvement in governance
  • Promoted gender equality and women’s rights to government officials and politicians.
“As result of the knowledge and skills I have acquired from the Gender Centre training, I serve as a role model to women in my district, especially young women. The Gender Centre has also helped me as a Girl Child Education Officer. I educate girls on leadership, and how to be assertive, boost their self-esteem, make decisions and provide constructive criticism. It has given me the skills to negotiate with my male counterparts who have given me positive comments on my leadership career.” Ama

Strengthening women’s role in politics

Although there has been a slight increase in the number of women holding ministerial positions in government, they are still severely under-represented in Ghanaian politics. There isn’t a law which supports women being appointed and elected into political decision-making.

Working with our local partner, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF-Ghana), we have:

  • Lobbied the government to introduce a law providing legal clarification and clear cut guidelines about increasing women’s involvement in politics and to fulfil Ghana’s commitment to international conventions, treaties and protocols
  • Collected signatures across Ghana to petition parliament for the adoption of this new law
  • Established Coalitions of Women in Governance (COWIGs) – groups that are educating the public about the proposed law and women’s rights
  • Promoted the proposed law online, on the radio and through advertisements
  • Held forums for traditional women leaders to get their support for the new law and talked to other influential people to get their backing for it.
“When the first female MP in our area was running for election, the men supported her at first. But because she got to that position maybe three times, they got jealous of her. Men want me to pull out of politics too. The COWIGs are helping to change these attitudes. Women who have not been to school are not well-educated and have struggled. But they have now had their eyes opened to opportunities through the COWIGs. It makes them feel empowered and they have the courage to speak among the public.” Agnes, District Assembly member

Women in Law and Development in Africa, Ghana (WiLDAF-Ghana)

  • Ghana
  • Africa
WiLDAF-Ghana is one of the members of a strong pan-African organisation, bringing together different organisations to promote a culture of respect for women’s rights in Africa.
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Our impact in Ghana

Thanks to our partnership with women’s organisations in Ghana:

  • Since 2010, 28 COWIGs have been established across Ghana, with over 500 members (65 per cent women and 35 per cent men). They are building support for a new law for more women to become involved in political decision-making – with 81 per cent of people now agreeing that the law is necessary.
  • Over the last five years, more than 600 women have received training to take part in political decision-making across Ghana.
  • More than half of 30 female students trained in leadership went on to take up leadership positions in their high schools.
  • After the Gender Centre held a four-day workshop to equip women with the skills, knowledge and confidence to contest elections, 49 stood in local elections.

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