Trokosi As a Gender-Based Socio-Cultural Practices and Discrimination Against Girls (Women) in Ghana


People assume that slavery should not exist in the world especially after colonization. But it saddens my heart that even in the 21st century, where education is all over the globe, there still exist the practices of slavery. Throughout the globe, there are still damaging or hurtful practices that infringe on human rights and dignity. Among the contemporary slavery depicted by Kwei Quartey is “Trokosi”, a tradition in West Africa, precisely Ghana in the Volta region. This trokosi system turns young virgin girls (as young as seven years) into slavery or slaves to redress for the sin caused by a male family member or relation. The inhabitants believe that priests are gods and the most powerful of the land and therefore they obey their commands. So, the people are scared to question authorities or customs and practices as they might be struck to death when such actions are taken. Academically, while international human rights law may be superior, its implementation becomes complicated because of cultural values.