Although I live and am based in Accra, my work takes me to a number of African countries. I am currently working with the African Women’s Development Fund, an innovative organisation at the cutting edge of social justice and women’s rights philanthropy in Africa. As Finance Manager, I am responsible for managing the overall financial obligations of all projects and maintaining accounting controls by preparing and recommending policies and procedures. I am in charge of the functions involving money and strategies around raising and using money efficiently, economically and effectively in my organization. I work very closely with other members of the management team on matters that can affect the financial health of the organization as well as the overall organisational strategy.
I believe that our actions define whether we are feminists or not. I have been called a feminist and I call myself a feminist because I believe in the rights of women and I advocate and support all efforts by women to exercise their rights. My work is centred around ensuring that women are able to live in a world where there is social justice and equality.
One of the challenges facing feminists in Africa is strengthening the movement to attract and retain a wider network of feminists of all generations from young girls to older women. The movement does not seem to be engaging as much as it should with the necessary actors who are contributing towards the marginalisation of women. For sustainability and continuity, there is the need for deliberate attempt raise awareness about the achievements of the movement by celebrating feminists and documenting their achievements so that others can be informed and be part of the movement especially young women. There should also be more clarity on what the movement hopes to achieve in the future to make it relevant to the society at large.
I also believe that we need to celebrate the work and achievements of feminists and connect with each other at a personal, community, national and international level. To ensure that our flames of passion continue to burn, we need to inspire one another, to work tirelessly till all forms of inequality against women are eliminated. It may take centuries but we should never give up. The Feminist Charter can be used as a guideline to establish feminist clubs for girls and young women. Girls have to be mentored at an early age to believe in themselves and their identity.
In my personal and professional life, I continue to raise awareness on feminist ideologies. I have a network of young women that I mentor and by associating with them, I take the opportunity to raise their consciousness about the inequalities around them and to to make a choice to be part of the change to end all forms of violence
I am inspired by change – by the accomplishments people achieve everyday and their refusal to give up on their rights. I love nature, travel and the beach – it reassures me that all the things that are bothering me really don’t matter in the big picture.