- Age: 27
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By taking action as young people for gender equality, advancing reproductive health and rights, and ending gender-based violence, we empower ourselves and create a positive impact for future generations.
- Ekow Tachie-Mensah
Ekow Tachie-Mensah is a a dynamic and dedicated global changemaker from Ghana and a 2020 Women Deliver Young Leader. At the United Nations Population Fund where he worked as a Youth Leaders Fellow, he co-led a team in organizing community outreaches which reached over 5,400 women, girls and young people with education on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and COVID-19 essential items in Accra.
He was a UNICEF Global Youth Advisory Board Member for the first Global Forum for Children and Youth, a Global Youth Compact Champion and a Global Planning Committee Member for Core Group’s 2021 Global Health Practitioner Conference.
In 2022, Ekow served as a Global #GenEndIt Youth Ambassador, working with young leaders in 14 countries on a social media campaign to end HIV/AIDS, and participated in various key events including serving as a youth speaker at the 24th International AIDS Conference in Canada, highlighting the need for youth participation in solving SRH issues. He has been featured on various platforms including Al Jazeera.
Ekow is keen on promoting education, inclusion and advancing the health and wellbeing of women, girls, and young people.
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.
In 2021, I shared my opinions and recommendations on transforming gender norms in the 3rd Curated Discussion of the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women. The conversations and recommendations have been developed into a report on how to leverage the Generation Equality Forum to shift mindsets and transform harmful gendered stereotypes and norms. Insights summarized below will feed into the design and outcomes of the Forum, and help strengthen multi-stakeholder alliances for gender equality.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy helping people, reading, volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends. I also enjoy participating in debates on feminism and trending global issues.
- English (Fluent)
- Fante (Advanced/Native)
- Ga (Intermediate)
- French (Intermediate)
- Youth Leadership
- social media as a tool for advocacy
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- UNICEF Youth Advisory Board, Global Forum for Children and Youth (2021)
- Recognition by Women and Allies Network at Newmont for Promoting Women Affairs (2019)
- Planning Committee Member, 2021 Women Deliver West & Central Africa Multi-Country Workshop (2021)
- Youth Leaders Fellow, United Nations Population Fund (2020)
- Newmont Ghana Employee Spot Award for Exemplary Performance at Work (2019)