Transforming Women's Citizenship Rights Within an Emerging Democratic State: The Case of Ghana


Fallon, Kathleen M. 2003. “Transforming Women’s Citizenship Rights within an Emerging Democratic State: The Case of Ghana.” Gender & Society 17 (4): 525–43.

Author: Kathleen M. Fallon


Feminist scholars argue that women generally gain political rights followed by civil and social rights. However, this argument is based on data from North America and Western Europe, and few scholars, if any, have examined the progression of these rights within countries currently undergoing transitions to democracy in different parts of the world. Through in-depth interviews with members of women's organizations in Ghana, the author extends this literature. The findings both contradict and support the prior feminist argument. They indicate that prior to democratization, women focused primarily on social rights to improve their economic well-being. However, new opportunities emerged with the transition, which allowed women to use their political rights to secure more civil and social rights.

Keywords: gender, democracy, Africa, citizenship

Topics: Citizenship, Democracy / Democratization, Gender, Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Ghana

Year: 2003

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