Women empowerment in Sirigu through ecotourism in the Kasena-Nankana East District of Ghana
This paper discusses a study that evaluated the socio-politico-economic status of women in Sirigu. The women are engaged in the promotion of their age-long cultural traditions espoused through pottery, painting, basketry and values as an alternative means to securing their livelihoods. Employing a case study approach, the study made use of both qualitative and quantitative approaches in data collection and analysis. All 450 women participants, who were members of the Sirigu Women’s Organization for pottery and Art (SWOPA), were contacted through a questionnaire administration. Furthermore, 10 leaders of the community were also engaged through in-depth interview (IDI) schedules. The study revealed that members of SWOPA were empowered socially, psychologically, economically and politically. The study also revealed periodic refresher training opportunities availed at the centre to women as a contemporary benefit. It is recommended that the youth of Sirigu especially the girls, be encouraged to join the arts and crafts apprenticeship to ensure the continuity of the traditional heritage pioneered by the women of SWOPA. It is also suggested that the relevant government agencies should be proactive in attempts at organizing annual exhibitions for women groups to take opportunity and showcase their works to a larger audience for better patronage.
Keywords: SWOPA, Women’s Empowerment, Ecotourism, Art and Craft, Culture, Sirigu