Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ghana Woman!

So two days after the International Women's Day (IWD), which I agree with my friends that it should be Global Women's Day or simply Women's Day, I write this post.
I just researched how the fight for women's rights started (read this which paraphrases what happened in America) I couldn't get any material on how equal rights for women in Ghana started, but over the period of time from what I have noticed governments in Ghana over the years have strived to be seen as working for the rights of women but through all this I wonder who is a Ghanaian Woman? When did our struggle for gender rights start? What have we done? Is the message of gender equality being driven by only literate women? What about the illiterate woman? Where are we now?

I don't know about you but I feel Ghanaian women have played dual roles in society. As a queenmother, she is the embodiment of a king yet she must decide who is king. As a mother, nurturing. So we might choose to dwell on the positives and ignore the negatives. The official theme for this year's IWD is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum"  and that for the United Nations is  "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women". With these themes all over the place, I will bring us back to the question we should have asked as women in Ghana a long time ago "Who is a Ghanaian Woman?" 

1 comment:

DiDi said...

hmm,reaching out to illiterate women can be difficult coz they have the mind set that all major positions are held by men. As time goes on progress would be made coz most of them are getting educated and more enlightened .. i think Ghana has come a long way and we must applaud the changes we have seen so far.. :) *Happy Belated International Wommen`s/Mother`s Day.