Technological Innovators and Gender Roles at Accra Polytechnic, Ghana
Polytechnic education serves as a platform for providing opportunities in skills development, applied research and dissemination of research findings which is crucial for technological innovation and nation building. Gender relationships in Ghana are socially constructed and learned through socialization processes. In Ghana, women and men are assigned different and unequal responsibilities and opportunities to contribute in decision making. Women at Accra Polytechnic are negotiating towards technological innovation to help sustain the educational development in the Polytechnic. Women have taken responsible positions as: Registrars, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Public Relations Officers and Human Resource Mangers. These women have contributed to the innovation of a liquid smoke extracter, an all-purpose loom for weaving a 70-piece fabric at a go, an ‘exercycle’ for synchronized washing and exercising the body. The study examines the theory of gender discourse as a theoretical frame using historical analysis.
The existing structures within both the Ghanaian society and the Polytechnic are patriarchal
and the structures turn to focus more on men than on women in the various sectors of life. To
examine the issues, data is collected through primary and secondary sources and research
is through observation, administration of questionnaires and interviews. From the fieldwork,
I discovered that the female staff at Accra Polytechnic has negotiated and they have been
involved in the promotion of social change and technological advancement.