Feminist accountability: deconstructing feminist praxes, solidarities and LGBTQI+ activisms in Ghana

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, “Feminist accountability: deconstructing feminist praxes, solidarities and LGBTQI+ activisms in Ghana.” Communication, Culture & Critique, doi: 10.1093/ccc/tcac031

Abstract: This article examines how mainstream Ghanaian feminist organizations worked to support LGBTQI+ communities when they were subjected to state and institutionalized violence in February 2021. Through a feminist critical discourse analysis of the solidarity statements issued by feminist and gender organizations, I highlight the way that mainstream feminist groups relate to LGBTQI+ communities. I argue that although there is increasing visibility in the activism and organizing around issues affecting queer and trans Ghanaians, mainstream feminist and gender advocacy groups which have dominated the organizing space in the country are actively working to undermine the work radical activists are doing to create a better society for LGBTQI+ people. I contextualize the study within recent theory and praxis around queer and trans issues in Ghana while drawing attention to the ways that feminist groups are falling short when it comes to LGBTQI+ organizing in the country and what they could do better.