Solutions to property rights ‘violations’ experienced by Ghanaian (Akan) widows and their children: The role of international social workers in addressing human rights

Rose Korang-Okrah, Wendy Haight, Priscilla Gibson, James Black

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Abstract

Social workers are increasingly embracing international perspectives and roles to address persistent human rights issues. This study examines solutions to property rights disputes involving Ghanaian women who are widowed from the perspectives of Akan men and women in four communities. Property ownership is fundamental to the economic survival of women and their children, but millions of women around the world lose their rights to property following the deaths of their husbands. We conducted focus groups with 102 participants in four Akan communities to generate local, culturally viable solutions for preventing property rights violations and resolving them when they do occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-418
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume62
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Akan
  • Ghana
  • property rights
  • property violations
  • women

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