Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Feb. 23-Outmoded Customary Norms: A Tool for Violating Women's Right in Ghan

Same Sun Event

Thursday, February 23 at 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)

Abigail Ofori-Amanfo, Ghana
Humphrey Fulbright Fellow 16-17
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The violation of women and girls rights happen in the private sphere of life and are justified by appeals to cultural or religious practices. Whiles cultural norms were meant to protect humans, certain aspects of it undermine the dignity of women and are used to justify the ill-treatment of women.

Bio: Ms. Ofori-Amanfo is an activist with a passion to educate women and girls on their legal rights. She joined the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in May 2009 and now serves as Assistant Registrar in voluntary services. In 2012 she worked as a temporary voluntary employee for the Waddow Hall Girl Guiding Centre in Clitheroe, United Kingdom. Ms. Ofori-Amanfo has also worked as a part-time tutor at the Wesleyan Center for Continuing Education under Methodist University College, Ghana, where most of her students were young single mothers. She has dedicated her career to advocating for socioeconomic advancement and the rights of girls and women. Ms. Ofori-Amanfo holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. As a Humphrey Fellow, she plans to focus on gender mainstreaming in development, and more effective enforcement of women’s human rights.
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