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Title:Gendered poverty in northern Ghana: multiple problems, few solutions
Author:Wombeogo, MichaelISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Africanus
Volume:37
Issue:1
Pages:36-53
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:poverty
women
gender inequality
livelihoods
Abstract:Northern Ghana is the poorest part of Ghana. This study explores the nature of gender disparities in terms of livelihoods and ownership in northern Ghana. A qualitative and quantitative analysis was undertaken by means of questionnaires, surveys, interviews, focus group discussions and primary and secondary documented material in one community in each of the three regions of Namoaligo, Jawani and Brifor-Cha. The study shows that, despite the efforts that women in northern Ghana are making to earn a living, some of their endeavours are met with difficulties. Hurdles include limited freedom to market their services as a result of the social and cultural world view regarding women and their relationships with their husbands; poor access to land for farming purposes because of women's limited rights to land inheritance; inequality in opportunities for education, job placements, health and adequate nutrition, and personal security as compared to men. The study concludes with recommendations for improvement of this situation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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