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Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"A dark, shameful blot on the pages of American history, the witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s represent an era we’re all glad is far behind us. But in some areas of Africa, the same sorts of accusations that plagued the colonists of Salem still hang heavy over the heads of women every day. This is especially true in Ghana’s Northern Region, where it is not uncommon for powerful Voodoo priests to lead crusades against alleged witches whom they believe are using secret spells, rituals, and curses to unfairly help themselves and harm others. In fact, women in Ghana are accused of using the dark arts so often,...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana, Ghana
Variables: GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-4, GP-DATA-5

"Reintegration is also the strategy currently being championed by the Presbyterian Church’s Gambaga Outcast Home Project as well as by Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, who has indicated that the government of Ghana plans to close down all the outcast homes in Northern Region" (para 27).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-2

"Tachira is a member of the Konkomba people, and girls born into that community are not educated. They’re kept at home, doing all the household chores until their parents effectively sell them into servitude to another family through arranged marriage. Most remain illiterate, vulnerable, and dependent for the rest of their lives" (para 8). This indicates a societal view that education is not important for women. (JLR-CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"'None of my denials would make them change their perception of me. I was eventually obligated to go through rituals meant to test my innocence. In the process, I was stripped naked, shaved, and walked through the market center for three days. Then I was confined. The majority of these rituals were performed at night. I was subjected to beating, molestation, and threats. Bitter concoctions were forced down my throat, and in some instances I was starved, in hopes that I would admit to being responsible for what I was being accused of.' Tachira lost count of the number of rituals she went through during this supposed cleansing period, many...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana, Ghana
Variables: GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-4, GP-DATA-5

"Reintegration is also the strategy currently being championed by the Presbyterian Church’s Gambaga Outcast Home Project as well as by Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, who has indicated that the government of Ghana plans to close down all the outcast homes in Northern Region" (para 27).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

“'My marriage was [decided] without my consent before I was 10 years old and I was married at 15,' says Tachira, wiping tears away with a dirty cloth. 'It still haunts me when I talk about it'" (para 9).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4, LO-PRACTICE-1

"The camp is densely populated by women who’ve similarly been accused of using 'black magic,' perhaps because they were successful farmers, were good in school, had profitable businesses, or dared to interfere with matters reserved only for men. Sometimes, even inevitable occurrences like deaths or illnesses in a village are enough to land a woman in exile. Widows left with land but without a man to protect their interests are particularly common targets. So are the mentally ill, or any other females deemed difficult or undesirable by their villages. 'To get me out of their community, [my husband’s family] accused me of using witchcraft,' says Tachira. 'I am a freeloader...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The condemned women and children who live there are provided with meager food rations and job training in skills like beading and soap-making by various international aid organizations. But according to Kenneth Adae, national coordinator of the Anti-Witchcraft Allegations Campaign Coalition-Ghana (AWACC-Ghana), 'Funding to Ghana has diminished since it established a middle class. This has affected food distribution to outcast homes, where residents are already fed unsatisfactorily'" (para 20).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"None of my denials would make them change their perception of me. I was eventually obligated to go through rituals meant to test my innocence. In the process, I was stripped naked, shaved, and walked through the market center for three days. Then I was confined. The majority of these rituals were performed at night. I was subjected to beating, molestation, and threats. Bitter concoctions were forced down my throat, and in some instances I was starved, in hopes that I would admit to being responsible for what I was being accused of" (para 15). "However, while reintegration seems to be a viable option for some refugees, it is often...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Sometimes, even inevitable occurrences like deaths or illnesses in a village are enough to land a woman in exile. Widows left with land but without a man to protect their interests are particularly common targets. So are the mentally ill, or any other females deemed difficult or undesirable by their villages. 'To get me out of their community, [my husband’s family] accused me of using witchcraft,' says Tachira. 'I am a freeloader now, marginalized and abused'" (para 6).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As time went on, the priest claimed the gods had revealed to him that Tachira was responsible for more strange deaths and calamities. By the time she was 31, she was made to answer for her supposed crimes. 'I was summoned to the chief’s palace over these charges,' she says. 'None of my denials would make them change their perception of me. I was eventually obligated to go through rituals meant to test my innocence. In the process, I was stripped naked, shaved, and walked through the market center for three days. Then I was confined. The majority of these rituals were performed at night. I was subjected to beating,...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Tachira is a member of the Konkomba people, and girls born into that community are not educated. They’re kept at home, doing all the household chores until their parents effectively sell them into servitude to another family through arranged marriage. Most remain illiterate, vulnerable, and dependent for the rest of their lives. 'My marriage was [decided] without my consent before I was 10 years old and I was married at 15,' says Tachira, wiping tears away with a dirty cloth. 'It still haunts me when I talk about it'" (para 8-9).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"As time went on, the priest claimed the gods had revealed to him that Tachira was responsible for more strange deaths and calamities. By the time she was 31, she was made to answer for her supposed crimes. 'I was summoned to the chief’s palace over these charges,' she says. 'None of my denials would make them change their perception of me. I was eventually obligated to go through rituals meant to test my innocence. In the process, I was stripped naked, shaved, and walked through the market center for three days. Then I was confined. The majority of these rituals were performed at night. I was subjected to beating,...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IW-PRACTICE-1, ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

"After her husband’s death, his younger brother, a man Tachira says had always praised her for her 'hard work, submissiveness, and respect,' expressed an interest in marrying her. When she not only turned him down, but also disagreed with him over a parcel of farmland she says her husband had left to her, the rumors began. 'Unexpectedly, witchcraft accusations against me spread after the death of my husband,' she says. 'My brother-in-law accused me of being responsible for my husband’s death because I turned down his love'" (para 11).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Tachira is a member of the Konkomba people, and girls born into that community are not educated. They’re kept at home, doing all the household chores until their parents effectively sell them into servitude to another family through arranged marriage. Most remain illiterate, vulnerable, and dependent for the rest of their lives" (para 8).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Gambaga is one of the oldest and most famous witch camps on the continent. Established some 200 years ago by Islamic missionary Imam Baba as a refuge for women banished over witchcraft allegations, the camp is comprised of about 25 round huts roofed with thatch and plastered with a mixture of mud and cow dung. The structures are unventilated except for their small doors, and the settlement as a whole, which usually houses a fluctuating population of around 100 women at a time, offers no electricity, indoor plumbing, or health services. The condemned women and children who live there are provided with meager food rations and job training in skills...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"...Perhaps if Tachira hadn’t ever married into her late husband Mahamadu Mutaru’s family, she would still be at home today. But when it comes to marriage, few women in her region have any say in the matter at all. Tachira is a member of the Konkomba people, and girls born into that community are not educated. They’re kept at home, doing all the household chores until their parents effectively sell them into servitude to another family through arranged marriage. Most remain illiterate, vulnerable, and dependent for the rest of their lives. 'My marriage was [decided] without my consent before I was 10 years old and I was married at 15,'...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"A dark, shameful blot on the pages of American history, the witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s represent an era we’re all glad is far behind us. But in some areas of Africa, the same sorts of accusations that plagued the colonists of Salem still hang heavy over the heads of women every day. This is especially true in Ghana’s Northern Region, where it is not uncommon for powerful Voodoo priests to lead crusades against alleged witches whom they believe are using secret spells, rituals, and curses to unfairly help themselves and harm others" (para 1-2). "As time went on, the priest claimed the gods had revealed to...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Benin, D R Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Namibia, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, South Korea, South Sudan, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

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July 12, 2021, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"Most countries in West Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo, have adopted laws prohibiting FGM" (para 16).
June 18, 2021, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"No law specifically prohibits sexual harassment, although authorities prosecuted some sexual harassment cases under provisions of the criminal code" (pg 17).
June 15, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: PW-SCALE-1

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May 24, 2021, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2020, 78% of births in Ghana were attended by skilled health personnele" (p 45).
May 24, 2021, 2:08 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: ISTD-DATA-3

"In 2018, there were .7 new HIV infections per 1,000 uninfected population in Ghana" (p 45).
May 24, 2021, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"From 2010-2018 the density of nursing and midwifery personnel in Ghana was 42.0 per 10,000 population" (p 60).
May 24, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"From 2010-2018 the density of nursing and midwifery personnel in Ghana was 42.0 per 10,000 population" (p 60).
May 24, 2021, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MISA-DATA-1

In 2016, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reporducticve age (15-49 years) in Ghana was 46.4% (p 68).
May 11, 2021, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"According to Mr. Holortu, out of the 20 percent of cases reported to DOVVSU, only about one percent of the perpetrators are processed for court and are convicted" (para 4).
May 11, 2021, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The unit further adds that about 80 percent of victims do not report domestic violence cases to DOVVSU due to social description. This was revealed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Emmanuel Holortu, the Northern Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU [Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit]" (para 2-3).
May 11, 2021, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'There is a common view in rural communities that 'family problems' such as domestic and family violence are not talked about, which serves to silence women's experience of domestic and family violence and discourage them from revealing violent acts and abuse to the police'. He said the fear of stigma, shame, community gossip, and the lack of perpetrator accountability, put off women from seeking help from the law enforcing authorities. DSP Holortu said the lack of privacy was due to high likelihood that the Police, health professionals and domestic and family violence workers know both the victim and perpetrator and this can hold back womens' willingness to use local services...more