With a total area of 238,535 km2 and an estimated  population of 24,392,000 inhabitants, Ghana’s commitment to gender equality spans over 50 years as demonstrated by an affirmative action Act in 1960 paving the way for 10 women into the first national assembly as Ghana become a republic.  Ghana has signed and ratified international and regional treatises and frameworks aimed at increasing the role of women in national development.

UN Women in Ghana

UN Women Ghana provides support to the Government of Ghana through the Parliament of Ghana, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP), the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), ILGS), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the Ministry of Finance of Economic Planning (MoFEP), Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) amongst others to incorporate gender concerns in national development processes. UN Women also provides support to the private sector and to CSOs including the media on gender responsive issues.  It also works with the UNCT on women’s empowerment and promoting gender equality. UN Women Ghana is active at four critical levels – operations, research & analysis, advocacy, and operational programs & monitoring – in order to achieve outcomes in its priority areas.

Ongoing programmes:

  • Support to the new Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (Review of the National Gender Policy, Promoting an Affirmative Action Bill, Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and Institutional Restructuring)
  • Training for the participation of West Africa Women’s Organizations in the CSW
  • Women's Property and Inheritance Rights under the context of HIV/AIDS
  • Enhancing the leadership skills of adolescent girls and young women in Nkwanta North and South Districts
  • Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment through work with women smallholder farmers to adopt Good Agricultural Practises (GAP) and reduce Post Harvest Losses 
  • Women and Governance