The Architecture for Violence against Women in Ghana

This publication is a follow-up to an earlier one, Breaking the silence and challenging the myths of violence against Women & Children in Ghana (1999).  This one marks another effort by the Gender Centre to deepen knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin and sustain violence against women.

The book is an illustration of how like a building, violence against women  has many facets which together make it what it is. It equally unearths the fact that while it is important to tackle the state and its law enforcement agencies, it is equally important to tackle the social structures of religion and culture as well as the social organisations of marriage and family and the hierarchies and inequalities in marriage and family that sustain violence against women.

The 350-page book is authored by 11 authors from the academia and was published in 2009.

The book is comprised of eleven chapters, organised into five sections

  1. SECTION ONE: Sets the context for analyzing gender based violence in Ghana and identifies  emerging risk factors for its prevalence
  2.   SECTION TWO: Provides representations of violence in terms of culture and religion (both Christianity and Islam).
  3. SECTION THREE: It delves into the family and the state as the approach for exploring punishment and disciplining of  women and children specifically and parenting more generally.
  4. SECTION FOUR: this section looks at the structural foundations of gender based violence including economic and health dimensions  of gender based violence and the role of the media
  5. SECTION FIVE: The final section ties up the issues explored in the book  with recommendations for invigorating activism to end gender based violence.

Just like its predecessor, this publication provides highly valuable and rich source of information for students, social researchers, policy makers, politicians and anyone who desires to have a deep understanding on the underlying causes of continued violence against women in our society.

Copies are available at the University of Ghana Bookshop and office of the Gender Centre.

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