WACSI Appoints New Executive Director
WACSI has appointed Nana Asantewa Afadzinu as its new Executive Director.
Nana obtained an LLB and BL, from the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law in 1994 and 1996 respectively. After practicing with a Commercial Law Firm, Hesse and Larsey, Nana worked as Legal Officer with the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in Banjul, the Gambia; and the African Society of International and Comparative Law in Accra.
Nana spearheaded the establishment of a legal division for the Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) and volunteered as WISE legal counsel. She was the Coordinator of the National Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana and is a member of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), the Network for Women's Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) and the Gender Violence Survivors Support Network (GVSSN).
Nana is also a member of the Legal Services Board in Ghana. Nana, previously a visiting scholar at Columbia University's Human Rights Advocate Training Programme, completed her Masters in Law at New York University and has worked with Media Foundation for West Africa and the Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, in establishing a West and Central Africa Human Rights Institute.
She joined the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) as Governance Program Officer in 2005 and was OSIWA's Country Coordinator in Nigeria from 2006 to 2008. From September 2009 to 2010, Nana was the Regional Policy Advisor for IBIS West Africa.