National Study on Violence Against Women and Children in Ghana by the Gender Centre (1999)


The full title of this publication is BREAKING THE SILENCE AND CHALLENGING THE MYTHS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN GHANA: REPORT OF A NATIONAL STUDY ON VIOLENCE. The publication was authored by the following writers:


1. MANSAH PRAH, then a senior lecturer in Sociology from the University of Cape Coast
2. AUDREY GADZEKPO: then a lecturer at the School of Communications, University of Ghana
3. MARILYNN ANIWA: a trained demographer, then an Assistant Director for the British Council
4. KATHY CUSACK:  then the Coordinator for the Nkyinkyim Anti-violence project and
5. DORCAS COKER-APPIAH: Executive Director of the Gender Centre.

This is a 236-page book published in 1999 by the Gender Centre.

The book provides a very comprehensive study of violence against women in Ghana, with much emphasis on women’s experiences.  It represents the first collective effort to name, define and challenge a social phenomenon long ignored and tolerated. It aims to identify violence types experienced by women, girls and children, to identify estimates of prevalence against women and girls as well as explore society’s social and cultural responses to such violence.  The book strives to answer the following:

  • What is the prevalence of violence against women in Ghana?
  • What are the social responses to violence?
  • What do these tell us about the status of women in Ghana?
  • Where do we go from here?

The various authors in the 9 separate chapters of the book explore into much detail, the various angles on the subject, with such strong imagery, the reader is most likely to be glued to the end.  This is a highly valuable and rich source of information for students, social researchers, policy makers, politicians and anyone who has an interest in the general well being of Ghanaian women and children.

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

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