Polygamous marriages forcing women to bribe husbands for sex in Ghana

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A number of women in polygamous marriages are forced to bribe their husband when they want intimacy with their husbands, a report revealed on Thursday.

According to the report women in rural Northern region are forced to bear gifts for their husbands when they want action in the bedroom as their husbands are marrying more than one wife.

The young men are marrying more than one wife in order to benefit from the gifts that the women are required to bring for satisfaction of their sexual needs.

Speaking during a workshop for management staff of organizations and business owners, organized by Action Aid Ghana on Life Choices and Livelihoods of Young Women, the young women stated that they are using cigarettes, cola nuts, or meals to lure their husbands to have sex with them.

Action Aid Ghana has introduced a project in Tamale and Accra called, ‘Young Urban Women: Life Choices and Livelihood’ the project aims to empower young women living in poverty to have more economic independence and control over their bodies.

The young wives who preferred anonymity said that this has had a bad impact on their marriages as they have to produce gifts before they could go into their bedrooms.

They stated that they stayed in their marriages because of children.

“My husband smokes and any time I need sex then I have to provide a pack of cigarette before he will accept to sleep with me,” said one of them.

“If I don’t have money to satisfy his needs it means I will be starved sexually while my rivals who provide his needs are treated better”.

Hajia Alima Mahama, a former Minister of Women and Children, in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, who facilitated the workshop called on NGOs to work together towards seeking solutions to the problem.

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