The dilemma of women empowerment in informal artisanal and small-scale gold ore mining in Ghana

Natia, James Adam; Adams, Timothy; Gerber, Jean-David; Amacker, Michèle (2022). The dilemma of women empowerment in informal artisanal and small-scale gold ore mining in Ghana. Cogent Social Sciences, 8(1) Taylor & Francis 10.1080/23311886.2022.2108231

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For several years, women demand more decision-making power from their husbands and the society. Studies indicate that egalitarian decision-making power can be beneficial in many important ways to the household and society, and the pathway to this desire policy objective is through women empowerment. Yet, this is not as obvious as it seems. On the one hand, women empowerment is a game changer. On the other hand, the problem of women empowerment is complex. Thus, our goal is to evaluate the gendered intersectional power dynamics operating in informal artisanal and small-scale mining and the impact on women’s empowerment to balance decision-making power in the household. Theoretically, we ask: How does women empowerment enable women to demand more decision- making power from their husbands following their participation in informal mining? And how do men react to women empowerment? Empirically, 38 biographic inter- views, 6 key informant interviews and 8 focus group discussions were conducted. Results show that informal mining improves the financial power of women and increases their bargaining power to demand more decision-making power from their husbands. Moreover, increase in women’s financial leverage can have a nuanced effect on their empowerment since men can intervene there by playing on the patriarchal rules. In conclusion, women empowerment is complex, and the major challenge is societal. Consequently, policy actions are required to vigorously address societal norms through formal education and awareness creation to bring about transformations.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

09 Interdisciplinary Units > Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Political urbanism and sutainable spatial development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Natia, James Adam; Adams, Timothy; Gerber, Jean-David and Amacker, Michèle

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

2331-1886

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Louis Karl Zwyssig

Date Deposited:

31 Aug 2022 15:24

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 16:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/23311886.2022.2108231

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/172435

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/172435

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