The theme of WAFIRA 2017 is “Passive Role Playing vs Active Career Advancement: A Look at Women and their Academic Careers”.

Date: 28th March - 30 March, 2017

Venue: KNUST Campus


For the Programme outline and slides from WAFIRA 2017 Forum,

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International Experts:

Dr. Grada Kilomba is a portuguese writer, theorist, and interdisciplinary artist. Her work draws on gender, race, trauma and memory, and has been translated into several languages and published in international anthologies, magazines, and journals as well as staged internationally. Her work is best known for using a variety of formats, from print publications to staged readings and performance, combining both academic and lyrical narrative creating a new literary style.

In 2011, she was awarded as one of the „Most Inspiring Black Women in Europe“ by BWIE, due to her writings and performative readings. Kilomba has been lecturing at several international universities and last was a Guest Professor for Gender Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin.


Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala is a Human Capital Development Expert in STEM; the President of African Gong - the Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology, and Science Communication; and a Chemical Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry internationally. She is also the Co-initiator and Senior Adviser for the WAFIRA initiative.

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Key note speakers:

Prof. Akua Opokua Britwum is the Director of the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD) of the University of Cape Coast. Her research and publications cover sexual harassment, the economics of violence against women, gender mainstreaming in Ghanaian Universities, gender and land rights, gender and leadership in trade unions, organising informal economy workers as well as trade union participation and representation.

Dr. Akosua K. Darkwah is the Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) of the University of Ghana, Legon. Her research focusses on women in the informal economy, specifically traders in global consumer items .





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