By Akua Biritwum
Ghanaian women’s agitations for economic justice have been a marked feature of their activism since pre-independence nationalist struggles, including the trade blockades of 1917 and 1918. Market traders mobilised resources for party activities and took part in disruptive civil acts that undermined the colonial economy and contributed to making political change possible (Awumbila, 2001; Manuh, 1993; Tsikata, 1989). Ghanaian women also contributed significantly to the success of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in national elections (Tsikata, 1989). Such political actions, however, were propelled by broad national interests and were not directed specifically towards women’s rights and gender equality concerns.
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