Research Papers/Topics in Gender Studies

Inclusion of Gender in Africas Climate Change Policies and Strategies

This paper reviews climate change related policies and strategies in East and West Africa through a gendered lens. The countries are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania in East Africa and Ghana and Nigeria in West Africa. Drawing upon a gender inclusion criteria, the study assesses how countries have integrated gender in their climate change policies and strategies. We did a qualitative review of existing climate change policies and strategies using minimum principles for gender responsive climate change...

Closing the gender gap in Agriculture under climate change

Women face barriers that significantly constrain their production and entangle them in a low productivity trap. These barriers encompass societal norms, the gender division of labour (GDOL), resource constraints (access to and use of land), no or low use of inputs (eg drought-adapted seeds), and limited access to climate services and agro-advisories. Under a changing climate, these barriers will further constrain women’s ability to adapt, and the gender gap in agriculture will continue...

Enhancing women's political fortunes: Is a 50/50 Campaign possible?

 The 50/50  Campaign as a tool for enhancing women’s political participation has gained currencyin recent time.  Its call for equal participation of women and men in politics and public officehas reinvigorated various activisms globally.  This paper examines the  Campaign within thecontext of  Ghanaian women’s political fortunes.  Contesting its feasibility against a backgroundof women’s poor performance at national elections and political appointments...

Is gender yet another colonial project?

This paper questions Oyeronke Oyewumi’s (1997)claim in her thought-provoking work, ‘The invention of women: Making anAfrican sense of Western gender discourse,’ that gender in African societies isa colonial project. It interrogates Oyewumi’s project of contesting meaningsthat lack understandings and appreciation of history and culture. Using conceptualanalysis and desk reviews interlaced with anecdotal snippets, the paperattempts a re-reading of Oyewumi interrogations of social relati...