Research Papers/Topics in Gender Studies

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...