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Year: 2011 Type: Report Language: English

The goal of this research project was to understand the experiences and contexts of women‘s rights and feminist movements in Ghana, how different kinds of resources have shaped their mobilizing strategies, and how changing aid modalities are affecting women rights work. The report covers background, context, donor relations, organization profiles, contexts and impacts of the WROs before donor assistance, and analysis. The key findings of the study are that securing adequate resources for women‘s rights work in Ghana remains a great challenge. WROs are compelled to enter into partnerships with organisations whose gender agendas are unclear and who may not share in their feminist politics. Although the WROs have largely been able to maintain their original focus (i.e., vision and missions), their programme activities and priorities have been affected significantly, with mixed results. A critical factor is that, to a great extent, donor conceptions of what ‘gender‘ is and how international commitments to improve the situation of women worldwide can be achieved have determined resource flows, and shaped local discourse and mobilizing trends and strategies significantly. On the whole, it can be said that the funding regime changes have eroded and in some cases eliminated traditional, reliable and independent sources of resources for women‘s rights mobilizing and feminist movements and thus compelled WROs into new alliances that have been generally positive in improving their resource portfolios but also politically dangerous. Also, collectively, the new funding regimes have not made any significant increases in the volume of donor funds. However, individually some established WROs have made remarkable gains, while smaller ones have lost out in the contest.