Women’s Participation In Public Discourse Goes Up Slightly

The involvement and participation of women in public discourse programmes on radio has inched up slightly. This is based on findings from the Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) Gender-Equality Monitoring report for July 2014.

The report shows that women accounted for 22 percent of individuals who featured on the programmes monitored within the period; a five percent (5%) increase over the figure recorded for the month of June (17%).

The station which recorded the least number of female presenters in July 2014 was Tema-based Meridian FM which did not feature any female as host of any programme.  On the political party front, the ruling NDC recorded the highest number of women discussants followed by the NPP, then CPP and NDP in that order.

The monitoring of female participation in public discourse on 24 radio stations in Ghana forms part of activities under the West Africa Human Rights and Democratisation (WHARD) Programme being jointly implemented by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and the Foundation for Security Development in Africa (FOSDA) with funding from IBIS-Ghana.

The gender monitoring project is aimed at positively influencing gender policies and practices among media organisations and political parties in Ghana.  For the full July 2014 report click here or visit the publications section of our website.

For further clarifications, contact Abigail Larbi (MFWA) on 0244 867 047 or Theodora Anti (FOSDA) on 0243 203 060.

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