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Women Empowerment

WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

This project focuses on increasing women’s political representation in the three regions of northern Ghana (the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions) where issues of literacy, poverty and food security are far greater then national average


In an effort to increase the number of women in decision making and government, FOSDA with financial support from GHARWEG, has developed this toolkit to guide potential women leaders to successfully navigate their way through male dominated political sphere and win local government and parliamentary elections.toolkit This five year project, funded by Comic Relief UK and implemented in partnership with GHARWEG Advice, Training and Career Centre UK, seeks to raise awareness of the nexus between poverty and the under representation of women at all levels of decision making in Ghana, particularly in northern Ghana (the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions) where issues of literacy, poverty and food security are more considerable than the national average.

It involves a number of capacity building and policy lobbying interventions designed to facilitate dialogue among community members and key stakeholders to increase women’s ability to fight poverty, thereby enhancing their participation in governance and decision making. It is consistent with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325, 1820 and 1888 for the sustained fight against feminised poverty and exclusion.

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Research & Advocacy

As part of efforts to shore up the position of women in politics, FOSDA undertook a study on female parliamentary candidates in the three regions of northern Ghana. The study was conducted by the center for Continuing Education and Inter-disciplinary Research (CCEIR), University for Development Studies (UDS) during the run up to Ghana’s 2012 election.

The  research was on the topic “Increasing Women’s Participation in Northern Ghana: Experiences, Expectations Strategies and Support given to women parliamentary aspirants by FOSDA before and after the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Group Photo of participants at an Advocacy planning workshop in Kumasi

The  research also captured women parliamentary aspirants in six constituencies on their campaign trails, got insights into their political activities;their campaign strategies, messages, weakness and strength. Some of the key findings show that the number of women who desire to contest political as MPs, Assembly Persons and Unit Committee Members is increasing

Support For Female Parliamentary Candidates

In an attempt to walk the talk on the need to support female parliamentary candidates for the 2012 Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Ghana, FOSDA provided material, advocacy training and moral support to twelve (120 female parliamentary candidates in the three northern regions of Ghana. Out of the number supported, three were successful in their campaigns. They are Hon Alijata Sulemana, Hon. Mary Salifu Boforo and Hon. Hajia Laadi Ayi Ayamba, who are currently serving their constituents in Ghana’s parliament as MPs for Sissala East, Savelugu and Pusiga constituencies respectively.

Group Photo of participants at an Advocacy planning workshop in Kumasi

The contribution of FOSDA to the parliamentary candidates was widely acknowledge by all MP aspirants. FOSDA’s support provided impetus and encouragement to them