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.

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:

 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

Empower more women like Alice to take on leadership roles in their communities


Women’s voices

Day three of 16: Alice from Ghana

Follow our 16 stories from women across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Today's post is from Alice from Ghana

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Effects of violence against women in Ghana

In a guest post Patricia Isabella Essel from our partner WiLDAF Ghana explains the impact of violence against women on Ghana's social and economic growth.

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