Spatial and Temporal Analyses of the Wellbeing of Women in Ghana

Annim, Samuel Kobina; Kofinti, Raymond Elikplim (2016). 'Spatial and Temporal Analyses of the Wellbeing of Women in Ghana' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Tokyo 2016.

This study assesses the temporal and spatial distribution of the wellbeing of women in Ghana using the 2008 and 2014 Ghana Demographic Health Survey (GDHS), data on women aged 15-49 years, with respective samples of 4049 and 7294, was analysed. The First Order Dominance (FOD) methodology was used to assess the poverty of women in six indicators of wellbeing: sanitation, shelter, education, health, employment and information in four geographical groupings: national, rural/urban, ecological zones and administrative regions. The analyses reveal improvement in all the six indicators of wellbeing overtime, except employment which recorded a marginal negative percentage point change of 0.70. In addition, disparities across all the four sets of geographic groupings were registered as shown by the spatial bootstrap results. From a social intervention viewpoint, government should focus more on women in the rural areas, savannah settlements, and the three northern regions of the country.

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