I want us to look at the concept of Gender Equality and how we have interpreted it in Ghana but first let us look at some definitions: World bodies have defined gender equality as related to human rights, especially women’s rights as regards economic and social development.
The pressure to give birth to sons rather than daughters can be overwhelming and sometimes heartbreaking as this has been the woe of a mother who suffered a setback during her third pregnancy after her matrimonial husband stopped taking of her and two children after he discovered the third baby she carrying was also a female.
But such backward cultural bias against female babies which hitherto was very prominent in Ghana appears not to depart from the minds of some people.
The young woman who only gave her name as Akosua remembers her third pregnancy with tearful dread. Having given birth to a girl through cesarean section, she was expecting further love and support from her husband.
She told KOFI TV in an interview: “It was a completely traumatic time. I had this child growing inside, a beautiful thing but my husband was not happy because he wanted a son”.
Akosua explained that her husband’s perception is that no one will inherit his name and properties when he departs from earth. The distraught woman further stated how she now begs to feed her children since her husband has stopped taking care of them.
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