Ghanaian women’s struggle to gain greater political participation and empowerment is hindered by social, economic and cultural factors in Ghanaian society and as a result they are under-representation in local politics and in policy making.

In light of these factors this text discusses ways that Ghanaian government and policy makers can explore alternative pathways to women’s political empowerment, other than just through the traditional pathways, such as education and finance.

This text has been adapted from an article by Dzodzi Tsikata and Akosua K. Darkwah from the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment: What are we Learning? Conference, 20 – 24 January 2009.