GSHRDC Staff Members
The Gender Center was formed by four women human rights activists who, in the period after the Vienna Conference on Human Rights and processes leading up to the Beijing Conference found a gap in the availability of data and information to support assertions about women’s human rights issues to the many women’s groups operating in the country.
Dorcas is a lawyer and a women’s rights activist with over twenty years of experience promoting women’s rights at the national, regional, and international levels. She possesses skills in organizational development, fundraising, research and writing, project management, and adult training methodologies.
Deborah Tayo Akakpo
Deborah joined GSHRDC in 2020. Before her position as Programmes Manager, she had worked in several leadership capacities with both national and international NGOs and Corporate organisations. Her experience includes working as the Senior Aftercare Casework Manager with the International Justice Mission (IJM), the National Coordinator of the Gender Violence Survivor Support Network (GVSSN), an Advocacy, Partnerships and Training Coordinator with the Women’s Initiative and Self-Empowerment (WISE), the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Millicom Ghana Limited (TiGo) and as the Public Relations officer for the Obuasi Mine of AngloGold Ashanti.
Deborah is a member of the Network of Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) and other networks/ coalitions. She holds Masters in Project Management and Social Work, from the Wisconsin International University College and the University of Ghana respectively, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Ghana, and an Executive Certificate in NGO Management.
Annabelle Akuki Azu
Finance & Admin Manager
Annabelle joined GSHRDC in April 2005 as the organisation's first full-time Finance Officer. She is mainly responsible for maintaining accurate financial data, reporting on GSHRDC and all project activities. She also maintains accurate and up-to-date financial filings of all accounting records. Annabelle holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Ghana and a degree in Business Administration from Greenhill College. She has over the years gained experience in NGO Financial Management. Annabelle, in addition to her financial responsibilities, also oversees the execution of administrative functions. Before joining the Gender Centre, she worked with a local audit firm.
Esther joined GSHRDC in 1997. She has over twenty-four years of working experience in training and facilitating Gender, as well as Human and Women’s Rights, Advocacy, Leadership, Alternate Dispute Resolution, and Family Laws. She has vast knowledge in Human and Women’s Rights Documentation and Information Handling.
Esther is the Head Facilitator and has facilitated numerous training workshops for this organization and other organizations such as CAMFED, VSO, Compassion International, Water Aid, General Electricals (GE), and the D.V.L.A to name a few. She is also a member of WiLDAF, Netright, the Women's Manifesto, and other International Networks and Coalitions.
Adoma has been with the Gender Centre as a Project Officer since September 2020. She got her start in project management through working with non-profits. Adoma worked with the Olinga Foundation for Human Development as a Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer. She worked in programmes and projects with ActionAid between 2017 and 2019. Similarly, she volunteered with various organisations such as Oxfam (Enfield) and Mentoring Women Ghana.
She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in History from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Subsequently, she was engaged as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of History and Political Studies at KNUST under the National Service Scheme. She has experience in project implementation, fundraising, women empowerment and movement and alliance building. Outside of work Adoma enjoys reading, listening to music and site-seeing.
Nana Nyama Danso
Nana Nyama joined GSHRDC in March 2020. She has five years’ experience working with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that focus on gender issues, women, and youth empowerment. Nana Nyama has four articles to her credit. She believes in an equitable society where every individual has opportunities to become their best so they can affect society positively. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Development Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Ghana.
Kwabena joined GSHRDC in 2020. He currently works within the Gender Centre's Finance and Administration Department as a Finance Officer. Kwabena is responsible for bank transactions, preparing financial statements, pre- auditing retirement, petty cash, and expense claims. He is also responsible for posting our transactions into monthly Bank reconciliation, projecting expenses, and other assigned duties. He holds a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) from the Koforidua Technical University. Before joining the Gender Centre, Kwabena worked in the banking sector.
Gladys joined GSHRDC in January 2005. She is responsible for the general cleaning of the office. She manages program logistics and provides administrative and programmatic support to staff.
Godwin joined GSHRDC in 2010 from the British America Tobacco Company Ltd with over 25 years of driving experience. He drives staff to project communities to undertake activities.
GSHRDC Interns and Volunteers
Obaa Yaa Aninwaa Yeboah
Aninwaa has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and is currently acquiring her Masters in Development Studies, with a concentration in Cities Mobilities and Spaces and a minor in Gender Studies. She previously interned at the Institute of Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University, and the African Women's Development Fund. She has always been interested in humanitarian work as well as tackling inequality that exists between sexes. By interning at the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Center, she plans on getting experience working within an NGO and learning how NGOs operate. She will be helping around in any capacity, such as assisting with current projects and working with the Communication Team.
Adobea has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a concentration in International Politics which she obtained from Emory University, where she also minored in History. She has previously interned at Ethiopiaid Ireland, a charitable international development organization, as well as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in Ghana. While at Emory, she served on the leadership team for the Emory Ambassadors for Global Awareness. Adobea has a particular passion for international politics, social development, and humanitarian affairs. She hopes to learn more about gender issues in Ghana and appropriate ways to tackle them through her internship. She will work mainly with the Project Officer and Communication team.