Transitional Lags in Women Empowerment and Social Equality in Ghana: A Critical Review

Elvis Adu, Fang Li Lin, Vivian Hafuotie Dimbie, Henry Asante Antwi

Abstract


For women empowerment to become reality there is the need to have a balance of control. This is because if participation of women in the decision-making process is used to achieve balance of control between men and women over the factors of production, without one in a position of dominance there is the high possibility of reaching more positive results in terms of women empowerment. Over the years in the Ghana, women have been sidelined in the allocation of the factors of production as land, labour and capital making women poor. Men seem to have always been the custodians of land, controllers of women’s finances and women used as cheap labour in an informal way sometimes without pay. Our review explores critical issues in various Women’s empowerment frameworks. We then examine the emerging issues in rural women’s empowerment model, young women’s empowerment model and then the concept of women empowerment, indicators of women empowerment. Subsequently, we explore the concept of poverty reduction and women in development before addressing the policy framework on poverty reduction in Ghana


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