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

Political participation

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.  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 was organized by Pepper Dem Ministries to shed light on the views expressed by women on important questions regarding democratic governance in Ghana.

Image credit: Courtesy of Pepper Dem Ministries.