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Women's Day 2020: Building a Gender Equal World

With the unwavering support of our community, Global Mamas keeps pressing for gender equality for women in Ghana.  We believe greater balance of power depends on greater economic independence for women-- you can read more about this issue here.

Beyond the direct opportunities we've provided for hundreds of women over the past 17 years, it is humbling to see how many of the Mamas have chosen to reinvest resources in women and girls from their families and communities. 

  

Global Mamas batiker Martha Rhule's employees with their children. 

 EDUCATING FUTURE GENERATIONS

 Although progress has been made, girls still on average have lower educational levels than boys in West and Central Africa. Girls marrying or dropping out of school early are more likely to experience poor health, have children at younger ages, and earn less in adulthood.  With the financial means to do so, 100% of the Mamas children are enrolled in school- both boys and girls.

   

Global Mamas seamstress Deborah Asmah's apprentices. 

PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 The Mamas earn on their own terms- whatever works best for themselves, their families, and employees. Depending on the goals they have for their business Mamas often train apprentices and hire additional workers for their shops. Often in Ghana those trained in batik or making womenswear, are women.  

  

Krobo General Manager Gladys points out details needing special attention from Global Mamas weavers.

BECOMING ROLE MODELS

 Advanced training in technical skills and money management together with health and wellness workshops enhances the Mamas self-esteem and their ability to participate in decisions affecting their homes and communities. In advocating for themselves they become strong role models for others.

  

Global Mamas seamstress Vida with family, together with the land she purchased, and house she built.

BECOMING LANDOWNERS

Even with inclusive laws in place to protect womens rights to own land in Ghana, barriers remain. Often a woman's only claim to the land she relies on for food, income, and shelter is through her relationship to a male relative. As Mamas become landowners they have increased social, economic, and political power.

 

Thank you for joining us to make EVERY day Women's Day as we continuing pressing for gender equality in Ghana.