Despite Ghana’s democratic stability and sustained economic growth, women are often excluded from the political system in this West African nation.
Women’s rights in Ghana
Women in Ghana have the right to fully participate in local and national elections. But due to men holding positions of power (known as patriarchy) and women’s traditional role in society many Ghanaian women are prevented from being able to exercise their rights.
- In the 2012 elections only 11% of seats were won by women (Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union 2014)
- Of the 1,332 candidates standing in the 2012 elections only 134 were women (Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union 2013)
- 18% of ministerial positions are occupied by women (Source: The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 World Economic Forum)
Supporting Women in Ghana
Womankind works with two women’s rights organisations, Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre and Women in Law and Development in Africa, which are:
- Funding leadership and opportunities for women
- Strengthening female political participation in Ghana
Making a Difference
The work undertaken by our partners has contributed to:
- An increase in the number of women standing in the national parliamentary elections by 30%
- An increase in the number of women elected to Ghana’s national parliament by over 50%
- The establishment of 28 Coalitions of Women in Governance (COWIG), comprising of over 500 members, to build support for women’s participation in politics
“As a result of educational workshops I now have ambitions to become involved with local politics. Before attending the leadership workshops, I didn’t even know this was possible. I thought women could not hold positions in the larger community. And then I thought, I will fight and lobby to become the Chief Executive for the district.” – Alice, participant