Engendering Peace Building in Ghana: The Role of Queen Mothers in Traditional Conflict Resolution in Ga Traditional Areas
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Innovative Research and Studies, ISSN 2319-9725, Vol. 4, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Several social audits conducted on Ga-traditional areas of Ghana, showed prevalence of disputes among the people, a situation that hinders accelerated socio-economic development. This constitutes a huge challenge. This study explores the role playedby queen mothersin conflict resolution among the Ga people. Philosophically, the interpretivists' perspectives of what constitutes an acceptable knowledge were adopted, using the qualitative approach. Data wereanalysed using thematic analysis techniqueto generate the results.The results confirmed universality and endemic nature of conflict. Types of conflict identified include; individual conflicts, group conflicts and sometimes communal conflicts. Causes of traditional conflicts were land related, chieftaincy and marital especially in polygamous homes. The study established that traditional conflicts affect socio-economic development, and conflicts bothering on marital and divorce lead to high incidence of single parents, a phenomenon that affect women and children badly. Majority of the conflict resolution roles were performed by the queen mothers. This justifies the significant and centrality of women in mediating conflict due to their good human relations. The work showed that the alternative dispute resolution method (ADR) was widely used and adopted in resolving traditional conflicts in the area. Though queenmothers have become catalyst in social conflict resolution, they are still challenged in competence and logistics. It is hereby recommended that their respective capacities be built and be well-resourced to enable them effectively use the alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 4, no 1
Research subject Human Work Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-3749Local ID: 194a8668-c5c8-4fa5-b353-6db917541e5eOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-3749DiVA: diva2:976609
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