Director's Profile

Professor Akua Opokua Britwum


Akua Opokua Britwum is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cape Coast. She holds a PhD from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She obtained her first and second degrees from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from 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.

Akua Britwum has served UCC in the various capacities such as:    

  • Member University of Cape Coast Strategic Planning Monitoring Committee
  • Hall Counsellor, Adehye Hall, University of Cape Coast
  • Member, Centre for Development Studies Advisory Board Examinations Officer, Centre for Development Studies,
  • Chairperson, University of Cape Coast Basic Schools Management Committee 
  • International Education Coordinator, African Workers’ Participation Development Programme (APADEP) of the UCC International Support Centre  

 She has served as a Guest Lecturer at the International Center for Decent Work and Development (ICDD), University of Kassel, Germany and is an Associate Fellow of the Global Labour University.   She is in addition the Convenor of the women’s rights organisation, the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT).

Other positions she has held include the

  • African Regional Focal person, International Research Network for Domestic Workers
  • Member, Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI) Civil Society Technical Committee