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Afrobarometer survey: 55% of Ghanaians unimpressed by gov’t efforts to promote equal rights, opportunities for women

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Headlines Afrobarometer survey: 55 of Ghanaians unimpressed by govt efforts to promote equal rights, opportunities for women
OCT 5, 2022 LISTEN

The majority of Ghanaians in the latest Afrobarometer Survey have given the government a negative rating for its efforts to give women equal opportunities.

From findings of R9 Survey led by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), 55% of Ghanaians engaged said the government is not doing enough to promote equal rights and opportunities for women.

With just 44% of Ghanaians saying the government has done fairly well, it is giving an indication that the citizenry expects greater government effort.

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In the survey, women still trail men when it comes to educational attainment and control over how household monies are spent.

The majority of Ghanaians also believe that a woman who runs for political office will gain standing in the community, but many also say it is likely that she will be criticised or harassed.

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Overall, a majority of citizens give the government a low grade for its efforts to promote equal rights and opportunities for women.

Below are the key findings in the Afrobarometer survey as indicated in a release.

▪ Women are less likely than men to have secondary education (37% vs. 45%) or postsecondary education (13% vs. 24%) and more likely than men to have no formal schooling (20% vs. 11%) or only primary education (30% vs. 20%).

▪ Half (51%) of Ghanaian women say they make household financial decisions independently, compared to 60% of men.

▪ Most Ghanaians (85%) say women should have the same right as men to own and inherit land. Men are less inclined than women to believe in equality when it comes to land (82% vs. 89%).

▪ More than eight in 10 citizens (86%) think a woman will gain standing in the community if she runs for elective office. But 42% also say it’s likely she will be criticized or harassed, and 35% think she will probably face problems with her family.

▪ A majority (55%) of Ghanaians say the government is doing “fairly badly” or “very badly” at promoting equal rights and opportunities for women.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

Journalist

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