The Board

AFUA ADOTTEY, PRESIDENT

Afua has been associated with FIDA Ghana for the past eighteen years and has extensive experience working as a gender and legal consultant. She is also a law lecturer and has significant experience in simplifying complex concepts of law and has contributed to simplifying the Domestic Violence Act, the Public Procurement Act, the Companies Act, the Children’s Act and the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.


ELEANOR BARNES BOTCHWAY, VICE PRESIDENT

Eleanor currently works as a Magistrate with the Law courts. She started out as a private legal practitioner and has a passion to promote women and girls’ rights. She was part of the team of lawyers to provide legal assistance to commercial sex workers under a USAID project to reduce HIV/AIDS amongst populations at risk in Ghana in 2011. Currently, she is part of a three member legal team coaching female clients of FIDA to represent themselves at family tribunals. In her spare moments she volunteers at the legal aid clinic of FIDA-Ghana and is a regular facilitator of training workshops organized for community paralegals, as well as Police Personnel from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit.


MRS. SUSAN ARYEETEY- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Susan Aryeetey has been working at the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Ghana) since 2002. Susan first started out as the Resource Mobilization and Communications Manager.  She is also a trainer and has participated in training over 300 women to contest for national and local elections. She has also trained partners of Plan Ghana, on human rights laws that protects young girls from sexual abuse. Through her affiliation with other women’s rights organizations she often participates in speaking engagements, and has authored a number of publications including a Child Rights training manual for Plan Ghana, and a Handbook on Women’s political participation in national and local politics.Susan is a 2010 Advocate of the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP)of the Columbia University, and  with two other  students designed an online digital tool for professional development & mentorship for young people. 


KEZIA KENNETH AZUMAH, SECRETARY

Kezia obtained her LLB after two years of study (2010-2012) at the University of Ghana. Previously she had obtained a Bachelor of Management studies at the University of Cape coast from 2008-2010. Kezia has a special interest in Family law, Gender and Alternate dispute Resolution. She has nurtured this interest by providing legal services to marginalized women and girls at FIDA Ghana’s legal aid Centre for the past five years.  Kezia’s voluntary spirit is also demonstrated in her active membership on the board of Advocates Africa. She is also an executive member of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship, Ghana.


IRENE ABORCHIE NYAHE, HISTORIAN/PARLIARMENTARIAN 

Irene is very committed and passionate in promoting and protecting the human rights of the disadvantaged in the society. She is one of the main facilitators of FIDA’s human rights training program, and has trained a number of state actors to respond promptly to the rights abuses of vulnerable women. Irene’s other interest is consumer advocacy a nascent area in Ghana. She was instrumental in drafting a consumer protection policy for Ghana, for the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She also represents FIDA Ghana on the National Coalition of Domestic Election Observers, (CODEO) and is a regular observer of elections in Ghana.


SANDRA ANKOBIA,  PUBLIC RELATIONS

A legal Aid Officer and often described as a promising young lawyer, TV host, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sandra Ankobia has volunteered her resources and effort into becoming one of Ghana’s active campaigners against the disproportionate representation of women at the highest levels of socio-economic and socio-political decision-making establishments. Her work has been dedicated to making a positive difference for disadvantaged communities and marginalized people by advancing women and children’s rights. Sandra studied International and Commercial Law, with a specialization in World Trade, from the University of Buckingham (LLB, LLM) between 2005 and 2009 and then progressed to finish off at the Ghana School of Law from 2010 till 2012, qualifying with a law certificate and officially becoming a Barrister at Law in February of 2013. In 2016, she was named as one of the 100 most influential Ghanaian women and was selected to participate in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Program in 2017.


MRS. ADELE BAFFOUR BASIA, TREASURER

Adele who is a lawyer by profession provides pro bono services to indigent clients.  She works with Lexwit Consult as an associate Lawyer and Rakes Recruitment as an in-house Lawyer. She has been a lawyer since 2011 but provides pro bono services at FIDA-Ghana where she mediates on cases. She shows a lot of commitment to social justice and has on numerous occasions assisted clients with free legal aid. One incident that sets Adele apart is her determination to ensure that clients receive justice. She demonstrated this by single handedly raising funds through a photo shoot to raise money for the daughter of a client who was HIV positive. Adele has also worked with the Legal Resource center as a research fellow in 2005. Her work with FIDA has significantly contributed to the strategic management of the FIDA Legal Aid Centre.


ERNESTINA NAANA HAGAN, SENIOR EXECUTIVE MEMBER


Ernestina is a Lawyer by profession and a gender and legal consultant; she has held various international and local positions. She was the first African President of Oikocredit (1996-2000) Ecumenical Development Cooperation, an international micro credit organization operating in 65 countries with its head office in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. She is an activist who believes in women and has been providing free legal aid services for the past thirty five (35) years. An excellent trainer and facilitator she has authorized several books and written various position papers on gender issues. 


MRS. CHRIS DADZIE, MEMBER

Mrs. Dadzie is a former President of FIDA -Ghana and has been associated with the organisation for over thirty years. She has served in various capacities in the areas of governance and law for over 4 decades, It is worth noting that Ms. Dadzie obtained her LLM certificate in 1968 and became a Barrister at law the following year. After almost a decade serving as the first female Captain in the Legal Directorate of the Ghana Army (1970 – 1979), she has also served as the Legal director, Public education of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) between 1993 and 2007, and is recognized as one of the few people who helped to set up the Commission. She has impressive academic and professional record and made news headlines last year when she achieved a Master of Arts degree in Governance Democracy Law and Development from the University of Cape Coast. She has also authored and simplified the law in FIDA Ghana publications on law series