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Promoting public policy on women’s rights in Ghana and in Africa

To use various strategies to promote public policy on the human rights of women in Ghana and to network with other like minded organisation to promote the human rights of women in Africa.

LAWA (Ghana) Alumnae Incorporated was incorporated as a non profit making organisation in May 1998 by a group of women lawyers from Ghana, who had participated in the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) programme. The LAWA programme was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which selected female lawyers initially from Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania from 1993 to 1998 to be a part of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Programme located at the Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C., United States of America. Selection of candidates was based on work they had already done in their countries on women’s human rights issues. The selected persons studied human rights law as it relates particularly to women, as well as other public policy issues. Each person worked with a public policy institution in the United States of America for six months before returning home to use the knowledge acquired to promote women’s human rights.

As with other countries, the alumnae of the programme in Ghana formed an alumnae organisation LAWA (Ghana) Alumnae Incorporated (LAWA – Ghana) to enable them to collectively use the knowledge acquired to advocate for the enactment of appropriate policies and to promote the rights of women in our country.