Photo: Lotte Ærsøe

Women candidates have performed very poorly in recent elections in Ghana at both the presidential, parliamentary and district levels. The result has been their continued underrepresentation and limited participation in decision-making processes. IBIS is working with its partners to give women with political flair and ambitions the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to influence political agendas and ultimately to get elected into leadership positions.

Part of the work to give women power includes breaking stereotypical perceptions that limit their chances of getting elected. Traditional and religious leaders, state authorities, youth and male politicians are engaged directly to try and change such perceptions and attitudes towards women and ensure that politicians and leaders more accurately reflect the population.

IBIS’ partners work with media houses (newspapers, magazines, TV, radio) and political parties to open up space to allow for women to be included and represented in politics.

Donor: Danida


  • 50 members of networks and coalitions supported by IBIS successfully observed the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana
  • In the Garu Tempane, Builsa, Talensi and Bongo districts in Upper East Region, the number of women sitting in the Chief's Council with male elders has increased from 325 in 2011 to over 500 in 2012


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