- Age: 26
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As young people, there is no doubt that we possess power. We must embrace that power and ensure we are at the forefront of addressing issues and taking action on topics such as gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender-based violence that can ignite social change. Together, we can work indefatigably in protecting, supporting, and empowering people.
- Ekow Tachie-Mensah
Ekow Tachie-Mensah was born and raised in Ghana. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Central University in 2018. As a Youth Leaders Fellow at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ghana, Ekow works with the communications team to develop effective messaging to promote the organization’s work in preventing gender based violence, maternal deaths, and unmet need for family planning. He also works with the Youth Leaders Fellows to organize outreaches for education on SRHR issues and contraception usage in communities. Additionally, Ekow is a volunteer at ELPA Ghana, supporting girls with access to educational materials and volunteer at Youth Action Movement Ghana.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My passion for gender equality began way back in university when I undertook a project on gender equality in Prampram that made me understand the high rate at which men were occupying roles in several industries as compared to women due to their gender. That, coupled with the advocacy works of my friend and Women Deliver 2016 Alumnus Francis Oko Armah, heightened my zeal to begin increased advocacy work towards promoting gender equality
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I actively supported in organizing the New Futures for Girls Leadership Camp, a three-day event that was aimed at solely training adolescent girls from senior high schools in Ghana to equip them with skills and information to hekp them make informed decisions about their life. This experience is one of my greatest because of its impact on the girls. For example, some had no idea they could take up roles in the mining industry. But at the end of the camp, they were empowered to learn and strive to be successful in male-dominated industries.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy reading, especially with friends in my book club, and love John Grisham novels. I like spending time with family and friends, dancing, and staying updated with latest trends and news in the world.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Fante (Advanced/Native)
- Ga (Intermediate)
- French (Elementary)
- role of communication in contraceptive use among youth
- creating a gender-enabling environment for collaboration
- social media as a tool for advocacy
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- United Nations Population Fund Youth Leaders Fellow (2020)
- Newmont Ghana Employee Spot Award for Exemplary Performance at Work (2019)
- Recognition by Women and Allies Network at Newmont for Promoting Women Affairs (2019)
- New Business Challenge Participant (2017)
- Task Management Skills Certification from the BOD Mogul Consult
- Television Training Certification from Södra Vätterbygdens folkhögskola
- Special Master Class Workshop Certification by the New York Film Academy
- Papaye Fast Foods Limited Honours of Academic Excellence