Health and Human Rights in Ghana: The Political and Economic Aspects of Health Care

Many of the people who can afford to pay for health care travel outside Ghana for medical care when they are faced with serious health problems. Public health care should not be about affluence; it is a human rights issue. This inevitable link between health and human rights is sometimes overlooked in the national discourses about public health and individual access to health care. This book examines the domestic legislation on the public health care system in Ghana. The analysis is situated within the provisions of international human rights treaties, the medium- to long-term consequences of some economic policies, the role of the traditional medicine system in public health care, the silent epidemic of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and the human rights question in an age of HIV/AIDS in the country. State responsibility to respect, protect, and fulfil the right to health translates to many responsibilities for the citizens, not the least of which is providing the framework for good health delivery.

Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process

What makes her tick? No one is born a terrorist, but why do women desire to become suicide bombers? Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process presents a comprehensive study of Islamic females who have chosen an unconventional path labeled “terrorism” to overcome internal grief. This book presents an alternative view of suicide terrorism, focusing on the underlying issues and self-struggle that Islamic women experience against cultural and religious stigmas, gender bias, and postpartum depression. Their allegiance, the Achilles’ heel, which is to end their grief, enables them to successfully complete their mission.

Human Rights in the Gold Coast (1945-57): The Politics of Difference and Struggle for Rights

Relying on a first-hand investigation of archival and primary sources, the book scrutinizes the formulation of demands for the collective right to self-determination which emanated from nationalist movements, the debates on whether or not to extend the European Convention on Human Rights to the Gold Coast, and the evolution of drafts for a bill of rights in Ghana’s Independence Constitution. The particular and under-privileged position of women in the colony is a subject of critical commentary throughout the book. By examining the emergence of the human rights idea, the study draws attention to the interplay of factors and actors that inspired a new-fangled notion of universal rights, while highlighting the way politics, including Cold War politics, contributed to define the subject of human rights in an ambiguous, incomplete but promising way.