Ghana’s Queen Moms Hold Court on Abortion

By Emily Bowers – Womensenews – March 10, 2008

Traditional female leaders in Ghana are beginning to open their communal gatherings to discussions of women’s legal rights to abortion. The country has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the continent, but women are dying in ignorance of it.

KOFORIDUA, Ghana (WOMENSENEWS)–When a Ghanaian queen mother calls for a durbar, it’s a pretty safe bet most of the community will turn out.

The traditional gathering–involving an afternoon of drumming, dancing, speeches and skits–is used by everyone seeking publicity from campaigning politicians to well-meaning nongovernmental organizations.

These days they are also being used by traditional female leaders in Ghana’s eastern region to send a message about safe abortions. . .

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