Improving Women Participation in Local Government in Ghana: An Empirical Study

15 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2020

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Ellen Owusu Amponsah

University of Education, Winneba

Prince Opoku

Independent

Mark Amankwa

University of Ghana

Gershon Dagba

University of Ghana

Date Written: June 30, 2017

Abstract

Women involvement in decision making processes in governance for sustainable development is very critical, not only because they constitute majority of the Ghanaian population but they are discriminated and underrepresented in the socio-economic and political development activities thereby widening gender gap. This study sought to ascertain the factors responsible for low women participation in local government in Ghana. With a mixed method approach, this paper examines the underlining factor of low women participation in governance. With the feminism and notion of social gender perspective, inadequate financial resources, the perception of politics as a “dirty” game, lack of capacity and confidence on the part of women candidates among others were major factors affecting women participation in local government. To give women facelift in local government, the study recommended that government should pass a legislation aimed at reserving special quota for women and provision of special funds by NGO’s and philanthropists to support women candidates.

Keywords: Women; Governance; Gender; Participation; Local Government

JEL Classification: Z18

Suggested Citation

Owusu Amponsah, Ellen and Opoku, Prince and Amankwa, Mark and Dagba, Gershon, Improving Women Participation in Local Government in Ghana: An Empirical Study (June 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3529064 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3529064

Ellen Owusu Amponsah (Contact Author)

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Prince Opoku

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Mark Amankwa

University of Ghana ( email )

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Legon, Accra LG
Ghana
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Gershon Dagba

University of Ghana ( email )

PO Box 25
Legon, Accra LG
Ghana

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