Below are a few images showing the many different ways in which women support their families and contribute to society. Enjoy!
‘A time to plant’
The planting season is crucial to households in Ghana’s rural communities. When the rains come, women tend to their farms for a timely and abundant harvest. With little help from men, most women often work on the farms with the help of their next of kin.
Wheels of fortune
Once a male-dominated occupation, women in Ghana have taken up bigger challenges, among them driving passenger buses. It is no longer considered a taboo nowadays to see a woman behind the wheels in Ghana. Throughout the world, women are considered to be more careful drivers than their male counterparts.
Performing the goose march
Ghana’s police march through Tamale with women at the forefront to showcase that they are security-conscious and can play a better role in community policing. It is only in recent years that more women have joined the police force.
Firewood for fuel
Due to the lack of affordable energy for cooking, women in rural Ghana often trek long distances to collect firewood for preparing meals for their families. However, this has also led to a drastic cutting down of trees and shrubs for fuel.
‘Separate the wheat from the chaff’
For better results from the crops grown, much effort is put into getting clean shea nuts that will eventually be roasted to extract butter for both home use and sale at the market.
Drying shea nuts
Drying the shea nuts is the second phase in the process of making of shea butter. The work is done manually by the women, who always have to keep watch over the clouds lest the rains interrupt the drying.
Roasting for better results
Roasting the shea nuts is part of the process of extracting shea butter from the nuts. Shea butter processing is solely done by women in northern Ghana, mainly to support their families.
Celebrating the harvest
At the end of the rainy season, yams are the first crops to be harvested. And for that reason, the ‘Yam festival’ is held to celebrate the harvest, which is often in abundant enough to feed individual families and sell the surplus at the market.
These are just a handful of some of the wonderful art being exhibited, as you can see on the table in our first picture. There are good people out there, and even more so, good people who appreciate the good people. To the compliment of Geffory Buta, share this at your own will, and if you are in Ghana, do attend the exhibition.
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