Akosua Hanson is a feminist, artistic activist, and a radio & TV presenter at Y 107.9 FM based in Accra, Ghana. She is the creator of Moongirls, a graphic novel series.
Audrey Gadzekpo is a Professor of communication and media studies at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana. Her research focuses on the nexus between media, and concerns such as gender, health, climate change, governance, and history.
During her leadership as Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies, the School, in 2020, partnered with Alliance for Women in Media Ghana (AWMA) to conduct and publish research on ‘the status of women in the Ghanaian media.’ Advocacy tools from that research are being used to push for newsroom reforms in Ghana.
Audrey is Chair of Panos West Africa (PIWA), a media development organisation based in Senegal; Vice-Chair of CDD-Ghana, and Patron of AWMA.
She holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from the University of Birmingham, U.K., an M.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University, Utah, USA and a B.A. in English from the University of Ghana.
Akua Opokua Britwum is an Associate Professor at the Department of Labour and Human Resource Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She holds a Doctorate from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She obtained her first and second degrees from the University of Ghana, Legon and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cape Coast. She previously served as the Director of the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation at the University of Cape Coast.
She has been associated with the universities of Kassel in Germany where held the Ela Bhatt-Guest Professor Chair with the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Johannesburg, South Africa as Senior Research Associate. She was also the Convenor, Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) and remains an associate fellow of the Global Labour University. In 2016 she served as a member, Expert Group Meeting: for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) with the theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”.
Other positions she has held include serving as a Coordinator of Gender and Trade Union Cluster of Global Labour University Alumni Applied Research School, a reference Group Member of the WIEGO as well as the African Regional Focal Person of the International Research Network for Domestic Workers.
Prof. Britwum serves as reviewer for several journals and is currently on Editorial Boards of the Global Labour Journal and Oguaa Journal of Social Sciences and an advisory board member of International Review of Social History. Her teaching and research cover development related subjects including Gender Issues in Development, Development Philosophy and Theory, Trade Unionism, as well as women’s labour status in the informal economy. She is engaged in research exploring childcare and inequality in Ghana and South Africa, agricultural digitalisation in Ghana and labour and work in post-colonial Ghana.
Eunice Rachel Agbenyadzi is a development practitioner with over eighteen years of experience in gender and women’s rights, program management, and organisation development. Eunice has extensive experience in project management and has contributed to the successful rollout of governance initiatives in Ghana, Cameroon, and The Gambia. She has led on strategy development, partnership development, and donor relations in different roles within international organisations and multi-donor pooled funds. She has solid experience in gender and social inclusion programming and advocacy.
Eunice has for several years worked as Policy Advisor for Governance, where she led on research and the coordination of civil society organisations and state dialogues and engagements on issues of access, quality, and equity in the delivery of public services delivery. As a GESTALT organisational development practitioner, Eunice has experience in organisational learning and is conversant with adult learning and training methodologies. Eunice holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and professional certificates in Organisational Development, GESTALT in organisations, Leadership, and Advisory services. Eunice currently works with STAR-Ghana Foundation as the Programmes Manager.
Amtu Akumfi-Ameyaw is a graduate of the University of Ghana where she acquired a degree in Political Science. She is a brilliant, smart and intelligent young lady driven by passion, compassion, dedication and hardwork.
Amtu’s interests are in women and children advocacy, politics, religion, history, youth development & entrepreneurship. She is currently the Women’s Commissioner for the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG). She is hopeful that she can impact the lives of her constituents positively and also contribute her quota to the development of Ghana.
Dr. Rita Nketiah is a researcher in the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She focuses on gender based violence in Africa and related issues. Dr. Nketia has an extensive background in feminist organizing, research, program evaluation, community-based activism and philanthropy in Africa. Dr. Nketiah is co-founder of The (LBQ) Gathering, a feminist collective of queer women and non-binary people based in Accra, Ghana.
She previously worked for the African Women’s Development Fund as the Knowledge Management Specialist, and has consulted for several international development agencies, including UNICEF (HQNY), COC Nederlands, and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. Dr. Nketia is currently an interim governing board member for Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO), an activist-led fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for LGBTI rights. She is also a Board Member for DramaQueens, an under-30 artivist collective based in Ghana. Her other research interests include diaspora homeland engagement, African migration, and African feminist movement-building. She holds a PhD in Geography from York University.
Suhaidatu Dramani is a feminist and LGBTQIA+ activist who organizes with LGBT+ Rights Ghana to strengthen the country’s queer community by being a visible agency in a deeply homophobic context as Ghana’s. She volunteers her creativity, time, and diverse experiences to the cause of advancing the feminist and queer community in Accra. She recently organised a protest against Ghana’s anti LGBT+ bill in front of the Ghanaian Embassy in Berlin, Germany.
Auguster Asantewa Boateng is the Founder and Executive Lead of SHE Media, a female concentrated media, communications and advocacy agency. She is a professionally trained journalist and a communications practitioner, with a mini MBA in Leadership Skills and Development. Auguster is a female gender advocate whose interests lies in women’s leadership and inclusion, diplomacy, personal and career development, and financial empowerment.
She’s Ghana’s Mission Ambassador for the Federation of International Gender and Human Rights, the 437th organisation under the UN Women looking to be more inclusive in the policy making action of the next session. In 2021, she led a team to develop a regulatory policy on the maternal care crisis to be presented at the UN, the AU and the ECOWAS.
Auguster is a trained Sexual and Gender Based Violence educator and an ardent believer of the power resident in women and girls.
Nomtika (she/her) is a communications and human rights advocacy practitioner, with notable contributions in the sexual and reproductive justice and HIV working areas. She currently manages digital health projects for the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), which includes being a member of the Digital Health Rights Group (DRAG) advocating for human rights-centred digital health policies, as well as project oversight for VOICE+, a digital activist hub for networks of People Living with HIV.
Dr. Jemima Nunoo is a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). She is also the Board Chair of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), an energy research organisation. Dr. Nunoo is also the government-appointed board member of the Petroleum Commission, Ghana.
She previously headed the Centre for Management Development (CMD), the Executive Education and training wing of the GIMPA Business School. She has facilitated programmes for various organisations including: Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Databank and DANIDA. She has also previously served as the Speechwriter and Principal Researcher for H. E. John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of the Republic of Ghana. She was instrumental in the establishment and launching of the John A. Kufuor Foundation for Governance and Leadership.
Dr. Nunoo holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy and a PhD. Her doctoral research investigated the politics and governance of genetically modified (GM) agriculture in Africa.
Deborah Freeman is an entrepreneur and a member of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA). She has served the union in several capacities: as Central Regional Secretary, National Secretariat Staff, Personal Assistant to past Presidents, and General Secretary.
She has also represented the Union and other organisations on local and international platforms including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Federation of Musicians (FIM), British Musicians Union, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Ministry of Finance, the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) and the TUC (Ghana). She is also the founder and General Secretary of the Union of Informal Workers’ Associations (UNIWA) of TUC (Ghana), the WESEDNET- Africa and the Deborah Freeman Foundation. Additionally, she has served on various Boards and Committees. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration-Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Theology.
Rita Yaa Ntoso Ofoe is a trained Development Practitioner with over fifteen years of experience in project management, governance, monitoring, and evaluation. She works in the areas of Good Governance, Transparency, and Poverty Eradication and this has been basically on building capacity to exercise voice and to undertake citizen-government engagement focusing on empowerment, advocacy, and other actions to help realise the rights of the poor, vulnerable, and excluded.
Rita holds a master’s degree in NGO Management and Rural Development from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Ghana, a Post Graduate Certificate in NGO Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), a certificate in Promoting rational use of medicines in the community from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, a certificate in Covid-19 Responsiveness for CSO’s by the University of Ghana Law School. Rita is a 2018 Mandela Washington fellow, a 2017 beneficiary of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DANIDA Fellowship Centre program on Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organisations, 2015 alumni of the Ghanaian Women Social Leadership Program. Rita currently works with STAR-Ghana Foundation as a Programmes Officer.
Fatima B. Derby is a queer feminist writer and community organizer based in Accra. She holds a B. A degree in English from the University of Ghana, Legon and consults for feminist/LGBTQIA+ organizations as a Communications Specialist and Digital Media Strategist. She is an editor and a contributing writer on the award-winning blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women where she writes about sex and body politics from a feminist perspective.
As part of their feminist organizing work, Fatima is a co-organizing member of the Young Feminist Collective in Accra, a co-organizing member of Silent Majority Ghana and a co-founding member of The Gathering – a space for LBQT women and non-binary people to collectively unpack and navigate their identities and experiences in ways that are empowering and restorative.
Fatima is active online and engages in feminist/LGBTQIA+ advocacy and political education via their Twitter account.
Dr Enu Beula Otsyina is Ghana Country Consultant at Women First Digital. Safe2Choose.org connects users around the world to accurate and individualized information and live-chat support around medical and in-clinic abortions. With a team of multilingual counsellors and an innovative provider geolocation feature, safe2choose ensures that users can have a safe abortion where, when and with whom they feel most comfortable.
Joyce is a Special Aide to John Dramani Mahama, a former President of the Republic of Ghana. She is also a former Deputy Minister for Transport of Ghana.
She holds a Master of Arts Degree (MA) in International Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Institute, a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in International Maritime Transport Law from the IMO’s International Maritime Law Institute, Malta where she finished as the best overall best student in international maritime law. She also has a Qualifying Certificate in Law (QCL) from the Ghana Law School, an LLB Law Degree from the University of London, Holborn College.
During her term of office as Deputy Minister for Transport from May 2013 to January 2017, Joyce was responsible for the formulation and dissemination of Government transportation policy for implementation by the fifteen (15) Transport Sector agencies within the various modes that the Ministry had oversight responsibility of namely; Aviation, Maritime & Inland Waterways, Railways and Road Transport Services.
She has served on various Boards including the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, the National Lotteries Authority, and the PSC Tema Shipyard Company Limited. Prior to her appointment as a Deputy Minister in May 2013, she was the Head of the Legal Department and Solicitor Secretary of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority.
Joyce has advised extensively on financial transactions, corporate acquisitions, mergers and amalgamations and has represented Ghana at a number of Diplomatic Conferences and meetings and advised extensively on the adoption of International Maritime Transport Instruments, Regulations and Conventions, and participated actively in the Working Group on the development of the Rotterdam Rules from 2008 to 2012. She has also served as an expert for the Ghanaian Admiralty Court, an IMO expert, and consultant.
Joyce is an experienced mediator and has mediated several cases, both locally and internationally. She communicates for the National Democratic Congress and was Spokesperson fir the 2016 Campaign.
Joyce is currently a Managing Partner of Praetorium Solicitors Unlimited. She is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the international Bar Association, the African Women Lawyers Association and the Women in International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA) and an alumnus of the US-International Visitor Leadership Programme.
Joyce is married to Dr. Hudu Mogtari and they have four children. Joyce loves to exercise, she enjoys reading, writing, and travelling. She is a social entrepreneur, a Coach of many years, a Speaker par excellence and enjoys mentoring young people.
Prof. Akosua K. Darkwah is a sociologist by training and teaches at the University of Ghana. Her primary area of research interest is gender and work in the Ghanaian context. She has been a member of the Network for Women’s Rights (NETRIGHT) for the last decade and a half and currently serves as its Convenor.
Tiffany Kagure Mugo is the intoxicatingly scary gatekeeper of HOLA Africa, a Pan African sex-positive digital platform dealing with sex and sexuality. She is a Ted speaker. podcast host of Basically Life Podcast and bad ass Board Member of FRIDA Fund as well as the curator of Touch: Sex, Sexuality and Sensuality author of the book Quirky Quick Guide To Having Great Sex. She’s a media consultant and freelance journalist who tackles sex, politics and other less interesting topics. Once upon a time she was an Open Society Youth Fellow and now has dreams of studying some new things. During weekends she is a wine bar philosopher and polymath for no pay.
Biubwa Marylize is a black queer intersectional feminist and activist. Their activism is on social justice with a deliberate gender bias. Their feminism is intersectional and radical in nature to allow for championing the rights of all humans. As a rape survivor, their motivation to activism and feminism is to see a world where womxn and non binary persons are free to express and explore their sexuality and identity without being sexually objectified, for womxn to have a voice and choice over their bodies(bodily autonomy), and for consent to be a bare minimum when it comes to female interactions with males.
They’re also a writer, currently working on authoring their own books on the typical life of a Kenyan queer person highlighting the day to day challenges and approaches that can be used to change narratives and save lives of queer folk. Their work is, aside from working with partners, allys and different CSOs, mainly on social media which provides a suitable platform to propel the agenda of acquiring and obtaining information. To demystify myths about womxn and their sexuality and myths around persons of the LGBTIQGNC+ community.