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Pasha 5: The social stigma facing Ghana’s women

Ghanaian women pay a heavy social price for not having children. They face social stigma, mental distress and potential domestic abuse. These pressures can put a strain on their marriages and other relationships.

In Ghana having children is regarded as affording people a higher social status because they are expected to support their parents as they grow older.

In the latest edition of our podcast, Pasha, Jasmine Fledderjohann, a lecturer in sociology and social work, discusses how this issue varies between married and non-married women. She also explores some possible solutions.


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Photo: Unidentified Ghanaian woman with a child on her back. By Anton Ivanov

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