Title

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

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.

Department(s)

School of Social Work

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872817731141

Rights Information

© 2017 The Author(s).

Keywords

Akan, Ghana, property rights, property violations, women

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Journal Title

International Social Work

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