Ghana News–Progressive Organization for Women’s Advancement (POWA) has justified the claims by Ghanaian actress Moesha Boduong that, most Ghanaian ladies depend on married men to survive because the economy does not favour women.
Moesha Boduong in an interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour, alleged that the Ghanaian economy does not favour women; a situation that coerces them into dating married men for a living.
Executive Secretary for POWA; Ms Victoria Hammah observed that Moesha has suffered from hypocritical moral narratives thrown at her for her candid and brute honesty and attributes it to ignorant elements of society.
She was of the view that, the US society is rooted in inequalities of not just gender but racial and even economic.
She said the US has the largest pornography industry in the world contributing more than half to the global porn industry.
Ms. Hammah, further disclosed that, it is undeniable that the porn industry does not only “commodify” and commercialize the woman’s body but reinforce historical stereotypes of women as sex objects.
She indicated that, sex for financial security is the result of an uneven distribution of resources. As sex for money is the consequence of poverty and nothing else.
She was of the view that, this issue should be looked at from purely historical and materialist positions.
She said being a woman in itself is a historical challenge and especially being a woman in a society such as Ghana with staggering poverty will obviously perpetuate asymmetrical sexual power relations.
The debate she said should be about how governments should create enabling environment and opportunities to eradicate poverty!
She suggested to broaden the debate to include even more devastating social inequity issues such as child prostitution, rising teenage pregnancies, rising youth unemployment, maternal mortality, lack of access to adequate health care etc.
The women empowerment activist observed that, even more importantly, we must eliminate social and cultural discriminatory practices and institutions that work against women and other marginalized groups.
As well as implement affirmative policies across all socioeconomic structures of our society as an effective way to address inequalities.
She disclosed that, should all these be critically looked at by policy makers, “the case which is our collective enemy is Poverty not bold Moesha Boduong and the many ordinary Ghanaian women and men who have to subject themselves to indignity just to survive”.
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