Like in many countries with a history of gender inequality, women in Ghana have a lower average annual income than men, are less likely to own land or property, are often forced to abandon their education due to pregnancy or poverty, and are more likely to work in jobs requiring manual labour. Through combined efforts with local community groups, you’ll work with local women and girls to provide social care and support, foster confidence and promote agency, improve female health and wellness, and empower young women to challenge traditional gender disparities.
As a participant in this program, you’ll work directly with women and girls from communities along the Gulf of Guinea coastline. GVI’s projects in Ghana focus on combining social and educational support to school girls, with more specialised support in healthcare, confidence-building and gender equality theory.
You’ll assist in delivering practical workshops, classroom talks and events on topics such as menstrual health, mental health and building healthy relationships, as well as discussing women’s rights, and mentoring students on a one-on-one basis. This will empower them to make self-determined choices, improve the quality of their health, and increase their contribution to the social development of Ghana. All of these activities will help GVI to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) including Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 5: Gender Equality and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities.
In your free time, why not visit Kokrobite beach which is considered to be one of the best beaches in the region. Many find the pace of life here relaxingly slow, and the shady palm trees along the shoreline mean it’s a calm beach to visit at any time of the day.
When you’re ready to do your souvenir shopping, visit the local markets where you’ll find all forms of Ghanaian handicrafts from woven baskets to clay pots and handmade jewellery. This is also the best place to shop for locally dyed and woven textiles. Local tailors can transform boldly-coloured fabrics into custom made clothing for you, so you can take a little piece of Ghanaian colour home with you.