Title

Socialisation and women's participation in governance: Exploring important themes from Ghana

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies

Publisher

Inderscience Publishers

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

32598

Comments

Boateng, J. S., Banham, V., Kosi, I., & Ayentimi, D. T. (2021). Socialisation and women's participation in governance: exploring important themes from Ghana. International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies, 4(1), 75-94. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJGSDS.2021.112142

Abstract

This paper draws from feminist literature to explore how socialisation and socio-cultural orientation in Ghana potentially influence women's participation in governance. The paper aims to broaden the gender literature by exploring vital underlying themes within the socialisation processes and how they constrain women's participation in governance. Besides, the paper discusses the influence of gender mainstreaming on women's participation in governance. The following themes: 1) cultural orientation; 2) patriarchal system; 3) family system structured on women as dependents; 4) religious belief systems; 5) class system; 6) customary regulatory systems, are highlighted to be nurturing socialisation processes of women and influencing their low representation in governance in Ghana. This paper argues that gender mainstreaming addresses the socialisation processes, and promotes women's participation in governance. It suggests that the implications for women's empowerment are through affirmative action, which facilitate the deconstruction of gender relations to enable more women to participate in governance in the Ghanaian society.

DOI

10.1504/IJGSDS.2021.112142

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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