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)
The programme 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.
Membership of LAWA-Ghana is made up of Ghanaian alumnae of the GULC who participated in the LAWA program. Currently there are nine ordinary members of LAWA-Ghana:
The membership also includes associate and honorary members. Honorary membership is conferred on outstanding individuals who have supported the work of LAWA-Ghana. We invite persons interested in becoming associate members who have a background in women's and development issues as we expand to see our vision fulfilled.