Akua Opokua Britwum

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Akua Opokua Britwum[edit]

Professor Akua Opokua Britwum works at the University of Cape Coast(UCC) as a Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Development Studies. She had a stint in Germany at the University of Kassel’s Centre for Decent Work and Development (ICDD) as a Guest Lecturer and is also the facilitator for NETRIGHT, an organization that promotes women’s rights in Ghana. She began her work with the African Worker’s Development Programme (APADEP) as a researcher. She coordinated a study on worker democratic participation across the country, after which she assumed responsibility for the African Trade Union -one of the university’s post-graduate based certificate courses- as the Education Coordinator.[1]

She heads the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD) which is also at the University of Cape Coast. Her findings and write-ups touch on issues of sexual harassment, trade union participation and representation, gender and land rights, gender and leadership in trade unions, gender mainstreaming in Universities in Ghana, the economics of violence against women and the organizing of informal economy workers.[2]


She was one of the 24 recipients of the 2nd Research Awards and Grants (RAG) Awards, organized by the University of Cape Coast in May 2017. This is an initiative that has been commissioned by the University, with the aim of boosting involvement in investigation as a fundamental statute, improve the quality of research works, publish the research theses and communicate submissions to industry participants and policy makers, and others who stand to benefit from the research findings.[3]

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  1. "West Africa Civil Society Insitute (WACSI)".
  2. "Programme".
  3. "UCC 2nd research awards and grants intensifying research engagement".