I Will Not Chew Stones: Expressions of Some Non - Supported Divorced Women in Cape Coast Metropolis

Authors: Naa Adjeley Alakija Sekyi*, University of Cape Coast
Topics: Cultural Geography, Gender, Women
Keywords: Divorce, Nuptial unions, Formal jobs, Informal jobs, Post-divorce
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8228, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Divorce has been one area of nuptiality that has attracted little attention in Ghana. The study sought to investigate into the multiple impacts of divorce on a women residing in the Cape Coast Metropolis by looking at their post-divorce experiences using the qualitative methodology. This study was approached from a phenomenological and interpretivist paradigm using the lived experiences of women as a source of knowledge. Divorce and impact literature provided a theoretical framework for understanding the phenomenon as well as the issues related to post-divorce in the Cape Coast metropolis and the effective managing strategies the women adopted to enable them survive in the patriarchal societies they found themselves. Twenty-five divorce women with diverse backgrounds, who were selected purposively and by snowballing, were interviewed individually using a semi-structured interview guide. The participants discussed their perspectives on divorce and post-divorce financial encounters, as well as the surviving strategies they adopted following the divorce. The results from the interviews were reported thematically. A thematic network analysis found that the arguments about women’s poorer financial circumstances post-divorce are simplistic and require nuance. Regarding their level of resilience, the majority of divorcees mentioned engagement in other activities apart from their formal and informal jobs. It was recommended that young people should study their partners long enough before they finally decide to tie the nuptial nut and not forgetting that parents’ or family consent to a union is very vital.

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