Ghanaian women face many social, economic and cultural challenges to their participation in political. Although Ghanaian women are guaranteed a place in local politics by Ghana’s 1992 constitution, out of 4,732 members of the country’s District Assemblies in 2010, only 10 per cent were women.

This text explores the inspiring stories of three women who against the odds are members of the District Assemblies: Emma Adams, Hajia Damata Suleman and Rose Okley. Their stories were the subject of the film Honourables, which was made as part of a research project to document the lives and experiences of Ghanaian women seeking political empowerment.

Read this text resource as it gives context and background to the women who feature in the unique documentary ‘Honorable’.