Gender Mainstreaming in Ghana’s Public Sector: A Myth or Reality?

By Augustina Adusah-Karikari and Theresa Akuoko.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Until recently, Ghana’s public institutions were inclined toward “masculine” work environments. The strategy adopted to address the gender issues included embarking on reforming Ghana’s public administration in a manner that will enhance equity, taking into consideration the peculiar circumstances of women and other vulnerable groups in the country. This paper analyzes the programs and polices geared towards gender mainstreaming in six Ministries, Departments and Agencies within Ghana’s public sector. A review of national legislations and polices in the central government level was included. The study revealed that despite these efforts, progress on women’s empowerment and gender concerns in public administration has been slow. This is as a result of deeply entrenched cultural and traditional beliefs which have encroached into the workplace. The study also identified that there exists some level of gender awareness however, there is lack of commitment and capacity to implement mainstreaming strategies. This study recommends the development of institutional strengthening and capacity development in gender mainstreaming of top and middle level management of public sector institutions. Additionally, government should be committed to the monitoring and the evaluation of gender mainstreaming strategies and implementation by the various Ministries, Department and Agencies.

Keywords: Gender Mainstreaming, Public Sector

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.95-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 710.644KB).

Dr. Augustina Adusah-Karikari

Lecturer, Public Services School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana

Augustina Adusah-Karikari is a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. She currently teaches in Development Issues in Ghana and Current Issues in Public Sector Management. Her research interests includes gender and development, women and higher education and public sector management. She holds a PhD in Educational Studies from Ohio University, Athens,Ohio, USA and a Master of Arts International Studies and a Master of Public Administration from the same university.

Theresa Akuoko

Gender Expert Planner, Gender Responsive Skills and Community Development Project, Department of Women, Ghana Health Service, Accra, Ghana

Theresa Akuoko is a Principal Health Planner and the Gender Desk Officer for the Ghana Health Service. She has over 8 years experience in Gender Mainstreaming and Policy Development. She has also served as the Gender Expert/Planner on an African Development Bank Project at the Department of Women. Her research interests are in gender issues, women and health, and policy issues. She holds an MSc. Social Development and Health and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Management, Planning and Policy as well as other Certificates in Gender related areas.


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