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Survey: Increasing number of Women found taking control of household fiances

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Ten per cent of married women or cohabiting women aged between 15 and 49 earn more than their husbands or partners, while two out of three married women within the same age group determine how their earnings should be used.

These came to light at the dissemination of the 2022 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) report on women’s empowerment, domestic violence, and young people’s experience of first sex, marriage and sexuality in Accra last Tuesday.

A Principal Statistician of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Gloria Akoto-Bamfo, who made the findings known in a presentation, described the 10 percent of women earning more than their husbands or partners as encouraging, saying it offered hope to women’s empowerment. 


The GDHS is a population-level survey designed to monitor and assess progress in the utilization and management of healthcare services to furnish policymakers and planners with information to facilitate well-informed decision-making within the various units in the healthcare sector.

The 2022 GDHS data was obtained from a nationally representative sample of 18,540 households distributed across all 16 administrative regions and 261 districts of the country.

In all, 17,933 households were interviewed, made up of 15,014 women – aged 15 to 49, and 7,044 men, aged 15 to 59.

Additional source: Graphic online