Akosua K. Darkwah

A feminist exploration of COVID-19 measures in Burkina Faso and Ghana

This study is part of our research programme Equity in COVID-19 and uses a feminist intersectional lens that acknowledges the existence of multiple markers of difference as well as vulnerability to explore the range of actors involved in the response to COVID-19 and its multi-dimensional impacts on citizens in Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Led by the University of Ghana.

About the research

Our research uses a feminist intersectional lens that acknowledges the existence of multiple markers of difference as well as vulnerability to explore the range of actors involved in the response to COVID-19 and its multi-dimensional impacts on citizens in Burkina Faso and Ghana. Our work is based on the premise that responses to COVID-19, and whether or not they reach the targeted populations, are dependent on political/historical context and the range of socio-economic/socio political crises confronting a state prior to the onset of the pandemic.

Planned activities

  • Analysis of existing statistical databases.
  • Content analysis of press briefngs, print media sources and social media reports.
  • Key informant interviews with personnel involved in the development and implementation of measures.
  • Thematic network analysis of key informant interviews.
Objectives

Answering the following questions:

  • What mitigation measures have been adopted by different state and non-state actors?
  • In what ways do these measures respond to the crisis of social reproduction as well as production in a COVID-19 era?
  • How inclusive are these measures given the different social groups in each country?
Country focus
  • Ghana
  • Burkina Faso