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International Women’s Achievements: geographies of female entrepreneurship in Ghana

by Fiona Ferbrache

Akumaa Mama Zimbi: a Ghanaian women’s rights leader committed to enhancing the status of underprivileged women in Ghana.

International Women’s Day, 8th March, marks the many achievements of diverse women (past and present) around the globe.  However, this day contrasts with the poignant reminder that some women are not given opportunities to excel or achieve.  In particular I think of women in Saudi Arabia who are denied the right to practice recreational and competitive sport, and it was announced last month that the country will not be sending a female competitor to the London Olympics.  Over the years, the number of countries not sending female teams to the Games has decreased: 35 in Barcelona (1992) 10 in Sydney (2000) and Saudi Arabia will be the only country in 2012.

Choosing to focus positively on women’s achievements, I draw your attention to a Geographical Journal paper that has a sense of celebration for young Ghanaian women seizing opportunities towards employment and entrepreneurship (Langevang & Gough, 2012).  The paper contributes generally to literatures on globalisation, economic restructuring and labour market transformation in sub-Saharan Africa, but specifically focuses on young women developing their skills through hairdressing and dressmaking (two of the main trades Ghanaian women are likely to enter).  The paper provides systematic analysis of opportunities crafted (via globalisation and changing opportunities), seized (by trade associations and individuals ) and perceived (through individual experiences and perceptions of these professions).

While dressmaking is shown to have stagnated in recent years, hairdressing has modernised and developed where trade associations have been able to respond positively to expanding markets, and provide support for members.  Many of the young women at the heart of Langevang & Gough’s paper are show to have strong entrepreneurial associations by way of taking opportunities to professionalise.  It is this evaluation of their skills and aspirations that connects these women with the spirit of International Women’s Day.

  International Women’s Day

  Olympic outrage at Saudi ban on women athletesThe Guardian, 26 February 2012

  Where are Saudi Arabia’s female athletes?, The Times, 03 March 2013 (require Times+ subscription)

  Tilde Langevang and Katherine V. Gough, 2012, Diverging pathways: young female employment and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan AfricaThe Geographical Journal, doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00457.x

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Diverging pathways: young female employment and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa
Thilde Langevang and Katherine V Gough
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00457.x

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Diverging pathways: young female employment and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa
Thilde Langevang and Katherine V Gough
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00457.x

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