What does empowerment mean to women in Northern Ghana?
Women in Northern Ghana are especially vulnerable to poverty due to gender inequality. More than half of female headed households in rural areas are among the poorest 20% of the population. This results in malnutrition, food insecurity, poor maternal health, and high child mortality. Despite all this, women still bear heavier workloads and work at least twice as many hours as men. This is one of the reasons why it is so important we buy our raw materials directly from the women. By doing so we contribute in supporting the cooperative which in turn gives them opportunity, space and resources to grow. This is going to aid in reducing poverty in rural areas, to induce inclusive economic growth, and to ensure the economic prosperity all women.