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Title:Violence against women during the 1991 ethnic conflicts of the East Gonja District of Ghana
Author:Yahaya, Ahmed Baba
Year:2013
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Development Studies (ISSN 0855-6768)
Volume:10
Issue:1-2
Pages:44-62
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:violence
women
conflict resolution
Abstract:Armed conflict impacts negatively on society but women, more than any other vulnerable group, suffer most from violence. This study examines violence against women during the 1991 ethnic conflicts of the East Gonja District of Ghana. The findings show that violence against women was pervasive during the conflict and included physical violence characterized by body injuries, decimation of children, molestation of expectant mothers and internal displacement and emotional/psychological abuse. Sexual violence was not a part of the experiences of women during the conflict, possibly due to the scale and socio-cultural beliefs of the warring factions. The author concludes that the experiences of violence in conflict settings differ and must be understood as such. He argues that a true reconciliation is needed to foster unity among the ethnic groups to pave the way for permanent peace and development. He also suggests counseling services and financial empowerment to enable the women to take back their lives. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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