oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Violence against women: experiences from Ghana

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



The paper draws on recent research on violence against women in Ghana in order to explore women's experiences of it. It examines ways in which women define violence, how violence against women has been documented in the country, its causes, and women's responses to it. It is suggested that there is a complex set of social values and attitudes at work in the society which demeans women and provides cultural supports for aggression against women. Women tend to tolerate engendered violence because they internalise the gender ideology that puts them down and succumb to pressure to conform to social attitudes that reflect the acceptance of gender stereotypes and protect the status of men. There is some resistance from women, which shows that there is a small but growing sense that there is a need for change. It is argued that there is a need for public education, much more research on gender based violence and legislation to empower agencies that work in the area in order to control gender based violence.

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