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Empowering Women in Industrial Trades in Northern Ghana

Funded by Global Affairs Canada. Implemented by Alinea.

Empowering Women in Industrial Trades in Northern Ghana.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada. Implemented by Alinea.

Building the economic well-being of women through industrial trades.

In northern Ghana, persistent gender stereotypes prevent women from entering the labor force, often confining them to the informal sector in insecure, poorly compensated or exploitative jobs. A major challenge for women in northern Ghana is limited access to decent work, especially in skilled trades. Many women, seeking independent income, migrate to the South to work as head porters in large markets or engage in hazardous work at artisanal mining sites, making them vulnerable to exploitation and even forced into sex work.

The Women’s Economic Empowerment through Industrial Trades Training in northern Ghana project (WEE-North) helps women break into this traditionally male-dominated workforce by training them as welders, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers, and electricians. WEE-North offers an innovative and distinctive ‘Training to Employment’ approach of competency-based, hands-on training for young women. This training equips them with the skills needed to tap into economic development and growth opportunities within their own communities, ultimately enhancing their productivity and income.

WEE-NORTH collaborates closely with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, industries, and communities to address entrenched gender stereotypes and barriers that hinder women’s access to these well-paying yet typically male-dominated occupations.

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Trades Training for Women

Workplace Experience Learning

Group Employment

Working with Government

Community Outreach

Women’s Representation in the Trades

Aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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