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|Title: ||Ghanaian media coverage of violence against women and girls: implications for health promotion|
|Authors: ||Owusu-Addo, Ebenezer|
Owusu-Addo, Sally B.
Antoh, Ernestina F.
Sarpong, Yaw Amo
Annan, Grace K.
|Keywords: ||Health promotion|
Violence against women and girls
|Issue Date: ||24-Aug-2018|
|Publisher: ||BMC Women's Health|
|Abstract: ||Background: Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an important public health issue. Framing studies
indicate that how the news media cover public health issues is critical for designing effective health promotion
interventions. Notwithstanding this, there is little research particularly in low-and middle-income country context
examining how the news media frame VAWG. This paper examines news coverage of VAWG in Ghana, and the
implications of this for health promotion.
Methods: This study used frame analysis as the methodological framework in examining how VAWG in Ghana is
represented by the media. Qualitative content analysis approach to frame analysis was performed on 48 news
articles which constituted the unit of analysis.
Results: The findings indicate that media framing of VAWG was episodic in nature as the acts of violence
perpetrated against women and girls were presented as individual cases without reference to the wider social
contexts within which they occurred. Similarly, victim blaming language was largely used in the news articles. In
framing VAWG as an individual incident and women as helpless victims, the media fail to shape society’s
perception of VAWG as a social and public health issue.
Conclusions: For the media in Ghana to contribute to the prevention of VAWG, there is the need for news coverage
to focus on social construction of the issue, and also raise awareness about support services available to victims.|
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