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Social Transformation That Focuses On Women Empowerment In Society Through Education

Discrimination against women is one of the most serious social problems in many African communities and Ghana is no exception.

Basically, the woman faces discrimination right from childhood to adulthood. For instance, in some Ghanaian communities when a baby boy is born the family rejoices and announces that another ‘human’ has been added to their number but a baby girl is not considered ‘human’.

In the community I come from, in Ghana, the woman according to tradition is considered inferior to man and has no right to confront him on any issue but rather accept everything that comes from the man.
Even in some religious circles, the doctrine is that the woman is expected to be quiet and so is not allowed to preach or hold any position.

Just like what pertains in many African communities, the place for the woman does not extend beyond the home and the kitchen. Women are only expected to produce children and look after them and their husbands.
In instances where the woman is allowed to work, her services are only needed in menial jobs such as fetching water or carrying sand for the construction of a house, market, palace or hewing wood among others.

On any typical day, a young girl in my community is expected to wake up very early in the morning mostly at dawn to start the day by cleaning, washing, and undertaking other household activities while her male brothers sleep or play during the day.

Even where the girl has the opportunity to go to school she will have to end mid way though with no prospect of pursuing higher education. She is pulled out of the classroom to make sure there is always food on the table when the boys return home after school or from the farm or to wash the clothes of her brothers.
In my community, child labour is a common feature where under-aged children mostly girls work to earn an income for the family and to look after the boys.

Women are disadvantaged in society and cannot therefore rub shoulders with their male counterparts.
Due to this the ratio of boys to girls at all educational levels is higher for boys compared to that of girls, the boys end of dominating all levels and take control of the commanding heights of the economy. The boys occupy top managerial, political and higher decision making positions while the women can only manage to attain middle level and lower positions.

Apart from discrimination against women created by our political and social systems, women and children usually become unfortunate victims of war, crime as well as civil and political unrest.

As a result of my awareness of the discrimination against women in all spheres of endeavour as well as the serious challenges faced by women in my community and Africa as a whole, I have a strong desire to work towards the social, economic and political emancipation of women through my work as a journalist and author.

My vision therefore is to ensure the social transformation of girls and women in my community focusing on women empowerment as well as the promotion of women’s rights.

By joining Voice Of Our Future, I would get access to professional development through skill building in citizen journalism, digital empowerment and networking. I will as well get the opportunity to collaborate and build relationships with women across the globe where through sharing of ideas and knowledge.

My positive vision for the future and solutions-oriented writing and commitment to promote global issues through the eyes of women would easily be achieved. Through this Voice Our Future programme, I could enhance my personal development, including increased self-awareness and confidence.

I know I have joined an outspoken community to help address the challenges that grassroots women face and also promote the well being of women in general.

I hope to develop my capacity to work and achieve my vision of promoting the rights of women in my community.

Comments

Deqa's picture

I can relate to this

My dear your piece resonates with many Africans I am quite certain including myself. In Somalia, girls are also expected to do it all and boys get a free pass.
I am sure we can change this by investing our time and skills to ensure equality is achieved across the continent and globally throughout the world.
Thank you for sharing my dear.
Love
Deqa

Stella Danso's picture

Thanks

Thank you for going through the article Deqa.
Cheers

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Shout out

My dear sister yo have joined the best community and so make sure that you shout as much as you can. Change begins with you and we have to fight to make sure we liberate women from all forms of discrimination. Stay blessed my dear sister and continue to post more stories.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Stella Danso's picture

I here

Although we are all busy, I will work hard to use the few hours I get to write as many stories as I could.
Thanks for the piece of advise.

mikabo's picture

VOF Listener

Dear Stella,

Thank you for writing you essay. It is painful to read and I must tell you, it is similar in many other countries. You are so right in identifying the changes that need to be made. Our world is truly unjust toward women and girls. This will be our last great impediment toward enlightenment. We cannot have a lasting peace of any kind if people are not willing to accept equality and honor for women.

Ghana is truly in crisis in this regard. What is your personal story? Your examples will underscore the plight of women in your country even more and bring your readers a personal idea of what life is like there. Knowing facts, figures, statistics and social conventions is powerful but nothing will resonate more powerfully than the very small and daily experiences you encounter as a female in Ghana. You have done well to describe your country. You also deserve merit for your experience.

Thank you for the insight into Ghana. Your efforts are contributing to the end of inequality and suffering.

I look forward to more from you.

Sincerely,

MiKaBo

Stella,

It is difficult for me to hear the challenges you face as a women in Ghana. You have described it very clearly.
I have great feelings of saddness, anger and frustration in response to your post.

I want to really acknowledge you for writing about this and for your focus on empowering women and girls. Our voices have been silenced in so many ways and what we have to share is so important for the world and for our collective healing.

You are making a difference. Your voice matters! Keep sharing and speaking out!
With much appreciation,
Traci

Lyndsay's picture

Inspiring vision

Stella, thanks for sharing these insights and for having the courage to speak out on behalf of women in your country. It is inspiring that despite the hardships and suffering of young girls that you have witnessed, you are still able to express a positive vision and the strong will to make a difference. As my fellow listener commented above, I too was curious to hear more of your personal story in this post in addition to your observations, and wondered what particular experience, if any, set you on this path.

Your article also made me reflect on how even in my country (the U.S.) where girls do have equal opportunities in education and where child labor is no longer prevalent, women are still greatly underrepresented in top managerial, political, and high-level decision-making position, as you mention is the case in Ghana. Clearly there is a battle yet to win to eliminate the glass ceiling in countries the world over.

I applaud you for your vision and for forging the path for so many others through your writing and actions!

In solidarity,
Lyndsay

Stella Danso's picture

Thanks

Lyndsay, thank you very much for your encouragement. You would soon here more about my personal observation as a Ghanaian woman.

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