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M y mother always says that one of her favourite things about Ghana is the fact that most of the women on TV are fat and middle aged. They have pop stars with names like Mama Mary and Queen Mercy. And when it comes to advertising, they are the face of popular products. Take mosquito coils, for example.
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In a telephone interview with the Research Directorate, the executive director of MATCH International, a non-governmental organization that works with women in developing countries in Africa and Latin and Central America, based in Ottawa, stated that among the Ashanti, as in other ethnic groups in Ghana, women are expected to observe rituals such as being secluded in the dark during the period of mourning, bathing in cold water, and abstaining from eating certain foods 23 Apr. She also stated that widows are usually harassed by their husbands' relatives, who may disinherit the them and their children ibid. She said that although in theory, widows have some recourse under the law, in practice, whether a woman accesses the legal system depends on ethnicity, class, age, and her family's social status ibid. The following information on widowhood rites in general may be of interest. Widows are often expected under customary law to undergo lengthy periods of mourning of up to one year whereas widowers generally only observe mourning for a few days. There may be restrictions on their movements, the imposition of food taboos and subjection to various forms of humiliation and abuse. Whilst these practices are traditionally considered as a form of rehabilitation, "some of the practices involved are cruel, degrading and traumatic for the victims and amount to a denial of their rights" UNECA, 7. They may also prevent women from engaging in normal economic activities and thus may cause considerable hardship.
Wonderful memories made for both of us. I am engaged to marry a surgeon next fall. My husband did his residency in family medicine before work hour restrictions and pulled hour work weeks just like the surgeons.