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Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The general purpose of this project is two in one; to analyze and assess gender mainstreaming and sustainable women development policies of the two main political parties in Ghana, and to evaluate the contribution of gender biased NGOs to the course of women empowerment in Ghana.

This thesis, by applying the methodological techniques of qualitative content analysis and discourse analysis explores and examines the strength and weakness of the parties’ political manifestoes. It also explores and examines the activities of the NGOs- while evaluating some of projects they have undertaken in the development of Ghanaian women. The paper also offered suggestions that will help to achieve effective sustainable women development when adopted by the political parties and the concerned NGOs.

Women in Development (WID) and Gender and Development (GAD), the most widely used theoretical frameworks in gender and development studies; provide the conceptual frames for the analysis in this thesis. They are widely applied throughout the analyses of this paper and form the foundation for realizing the aims and objectives of this work.

The conclusion of this paper is able to identify pragmatic measures for ensuring gender mainstreaming and achieving effective affirmative action for Ghanaian women; it calls upon the political parties to exhibit effective commitment to gender mainstreaming by initiating policies that will give women a fair representation and participation in decision making processes in Ghana at all levels.

The women NGOs on the other hand, should depart from over concentration on service provision activities and refocus their programmes and projects toward encouraging and preparing women to enter politics at local, districts and national levels. These measures, as identified by the analyses; are the strongest weapons for achieving effective women empowerment in Ghana

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2005.
Keyword [en]
Social sciences, Sub Sahara, African Women, Sustainable Developmen, Ghana
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2713ISRN: LIU-EKI/INT-D--05/001--SEOAI: diva2:20054
Available from: 2005-01-31 Created: 2005-01-31

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