Ghanian women hit hard by high oil prices.

An independent weekly newspaper, Public Agenda (Accra) ran a story on July 21, 2006 featuring coverage of a forum sponsored by the Network for Women's Rights. Activists spoke on the topic of how rising petroleum prices are hitting women the hardest. The Agenda quoted one speaker as follows. "Women and rural dwellers have been identified as the poorest and these are the ones that are suffering at the high cost of petroleum products."

High petroleum costs affect women disproportionately because many do not have cars and must rely on public transportation. Overall public transport costs are higher, says the...

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