Ghana is a land of opportunities and indeed a nation of peace and prosperity. But under the great attributes of this country lie severe forms of inequalities and stigma for some group of persons. This list explores five of such groups.
1. Persons with disabilities
Living with a disability in Ghana remains one of the greatest challenges to come to terms with. In Ghana, almost half of persons with disability have no access to disability-friendly roads, houses, schools...you just name them.
Unfortunately, government has been accused of being a leading culprit when it comes to the rights of persons with disabilities as president of Ghana federation of disability organisations (GFD), laments that Ghana’s disability law (Act 715) is not being adhered to.
Just like any other African country, Ghana's female population remain one of the highly segregated. With a country with a more patrilineal tradition, women are often relegated to the back-seat as they are often conceived as unqualified to take over any kind of high position. It's no surprise the rate of women abuse keeps rising among families.
3. Gays and lesbians
It remains a fact that Ghana's gay and lesbian community are the most hated and despised. This community continues to endure criticism from religious bodies, politicians - Ghanaians as a whole. In Ghana, it is just so "dangerous" to be openly gay or lesbian. If you choose to, then be prepared for both verbal and physical attacks.
It was the case that Rastafarianism took the center stage of Africa through the liberation songs of Reggae legends like Bob Marley and Lucky Dube. Unfortunately, Rastafarianism in Ghana remains a mental belief and not a cultural one. Persons with dreadlocks are at the highest risk of not landing a job in Ghana. Simple question, why can't we see Rastafarians take positions in the formal and informal sector? Your guess is as good as mine!
5. African refugees
Oh yes! African refugees never miss out on the picture whenever it comes to inequality. With the least chance to reintegrate into society, refugees most often find it hard living decent lives just like any other Ghanaian.