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Some thoughts on violence and discrimination against females in Ghana

Chuks J Mba, University of Ghana

This paper utilises secondary data to raise awareness and expand knowledge about gender based violence and discrimination in the Ghanaian context. More than 2,500 women suffered various forms of abuse between January and September 2004 alone. Of this number, 837 were sexually assaulted, 130 were abducted, and 1,358 were battered. 28 percent of women have no education as opposed to 18 percent of men, implying that in general males have more education than females. The picture is even grimmer when higher levels of education are considered. Rural women can also be punished with banishment by traditional village authorities for teenage pregnancy or suspected witchcraft. The female genital mutilation, which is injurious to the health and development of young females, is still being practiced in some sections of the country. Education will certainly remain the most crucial and effective strategy and tool in handling violence and discrimination against females in Ghana.

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Presented in Session 43: Gender based violence: prevalence and consequences