There is widespread discrimination against women in northern Ghana. Widowhood rites are widely practiced whereby women are routinely brutalised, humiliated, disinherited, sexually abused and forced to produce children for male relatives. Females are the property of fathers and husbands and have no right to inherit or own property. Women are excluded from decision-making even in relation to their own welfare including reproductive health. Women do not make decisions about contraception or family planning.
Our women’s rights programme with the Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC) aims to end discrimination against women. We support women in their right to develop a more sustainable future for themselves and their families through farming. The work includes facilitating women’s access to fertile land, inheritance and property through community sensitization and advocacy in order for them to become successful smallholder farmers; supporting these women with seed loans and promoting scheme’s such as ‘pass the gift’, a livestock distribution initiative.
With the support of Community Volunteers and Gender Activist Teams, CSRC also work with communities to end domestic violence and cultural traditions such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).