Women’s interest in politics increases, though gender gap remains -Afrobarometer

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Ghanaian women’s interest in public affairs and political discussion increased between 2012 and 2015, reversing a decade-long decline, a new analysis of Afrobarometer data indicates.

This shifting attitude of women toward politics was recorded prior to the seventh presidential and parliamentary election of the 4th Republic, when there was a clarion call for an increase in women’s participation and representation in the country’s politics.

Despite the improvement, Ghanaian women continue to trail men on indicators of political and civic engagement.

Held at the Center for Democratic Development in Accra, the seminar was organized by Pepper Dem Ministries to shed light on the views expressed by women on important questions regarding democratic governance in Ghana.

Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings

This analysis was shared  by Dr. John Osae-Kwapong, associate vice president at the University of Findlay in the United States, during a seminar on “Women’s Perspective on Ghana’s 4th Republic Through the Eyes of Afrobarometer.”

Held at the Center for Democratic Development in Accra, the seminar sought to shed light on the views expressed by women on important questions regarding democratic governance in Ghana.

Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Some of the key findings are:

A majority (54%) of Ghanaian women say they are “somewhat” or “very” interested in public affairs, an increase of 12 percentage points since 2012. Similarly, the proportion of women who say they discuss political matters “frequently” grew from 13% in 2012 to 21% in 2015 (Figure 1).

Still, on both measures, women trail men by more than 10 percentage points.

More than three-fourths (78%) of women say that many political parties are needed in order to give voters a real choice, an increase from 55% in 2002.

Women continue to lag behind men in political and civic engagement, such as joining others to raise an issue, contacting leaders, or attending a demonstration.

SOURCE: MyJoyOnline

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