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Geographies of Violence Women and Conflict in Ghana

Valerie Preston and Madeleine Wong

in Sites of Violence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520230729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230729.003.0007
Geographies of Violence Women and Conflict in Ghana

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This chapter addresses the association of the legacy of British colonialism and structural adjustment policies to recent militarized conflict in Ghana. It explores the cases of the enslavement and prostitution of young girls, domestic abuse, and the plight of migrant/immigrant women workers in Ghana and beyond. Examples of sexual abuse and domestic violence are discussed to show how current economic, political, and social conditions exacerbate women's vulnerability to violence. Regional differences in women's resources affect the ways that violence is gendered in each region. The case studies demonstrate the spatial extent and mobility of conflict zones. The chapter also reveals regional differences in women's experiences of gendered conflict.

Keywords: Ghana; women; British colonialism; structural adjustment policies; enslavement; prostitution; sexual abuse; domestic violence

Chapter.  7357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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