Though Ghana has made some progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Sustainable Development Goals, women and children remain disadvantaged in many aspects of their life especially, participation and decision making in natural resource management. This calls for mainstreaming the concerns and needs of women, men and children into policies and programmes.

Hen Mpoano’s gender programme area addresses gender needs by conducting gender assessment and analyses; development of gender mainstreaming strategy and tailored training modules for men and women empowerment. 

Read our publications below for more information 

Gender Analysis and Strategy for Prevention of Child Labour and Trafficking in Ghana’s Fisheries Sector

The SECRIFISE gender analysis of Child labour in the fisheries sector was conducted to serve as the basis for gender integration and mainstreaming at all levels of the project implementation and promote the inclusion of women, girls, and marginalized groups in the campaign towards the elimination of child labour and trafficking within the fisheries sector

Gender mainstreaming in fisheries Management: Training Manual

A guide to mainstreaming gender for SFMP project partners as they work to mainstream gender into fisheries co-management.

Community Champions/Advocates Orientation Guide on Child Labour and Trafficking (CLaT)

 Child Labour and Trafficking (CLaT) is a sensitive issue that deprives children of their rights and basic opportunities such as free compulsory basic education. Some of these children are enslaved and exploited in various forms that cause significant harm to them, their families and society. This child labour and trafficking orientation guide is based on the request of the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) to strengthen the community champions to advocate for the prevention of worst forms of child labour and trafficking

Gender Mainstreaming Strategy

 An assessment of the potential impact of planned interventions for men, women, and children engaged in the fisheries sector. The objective of this is to ensure that both men and women are empowered to work effectively in fisheries management. Interventions should aim at meeting the varying needs of men, women, boys, and girls in all project activities.

 Gender Needs Assessment Report

Report on assessment to identification and analysis of specific needs of men, women, and children involved in the Ghanaian fisheries sector.

 Enhancing women’s participation in decision-making in artisanal fisheries in the Anlo Beach fishing community, Ghana

 We describe a participatory action research journey with the Anlo Beach fishing community, Ghana, to promote women’s participation in decision-making. It was clear from an early stage that women were absent from formal decision-making platforms, making it difficult for their livelihood and well-being challenges to be addressed. We began our work with a belief that community transformation can be achieved only if all community members, including women, participate actively in development projects. We adopted a gender transformative participatory action research approach. We find that before initiating participatory projects, it is critical to address gendered power asymmetries through capacity development to enable marginalised groups to effectively participate in decision making processes. By opening space for leadership to emerge from marginalised groups, participatory action research can bring about transformative and sustainable outcomes. When their needs are genuinely addressed, community members can champion development activities that transform their communities. Implementing such initiatives, however, requires substantial investment and a fundamental change in the way participatory development initiatives are implemented.

 Opportunities for Integrating Family Planning, Health and Nutrition interventions into Coastal-Fisheries Governance Agendas in Western Region, Ghana

This report summarizes the consultant’s findings and recommendations for integrating FP/RH and other health, nutrition and food
security interventions into the ICFG framework.