Ernestina Naana Hagan

In her role as Executive Director for Legal Affairs and Public Relations, Mrs Hagan ensures that the legal realm within which the Fund operates is always in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations, and also develops and proposes appropriate public relations strategies to promote GWF’s image and penetration in the market. As the representative for FIDA Ghana, Mrs Hagan has been involved with GWF since its inception. A lawyer by profession, she acquired an LLB (Hons) Degree in 1969 and Barrister-At-Law in 1970 from the University of Ghana. By way of work experience, she has served in several capacities both in Ghana and internationally including: –

  • Consultant in Gender, Law & Development – 1987 to date
  • Solicitor/Advocate, Lasaka Partners, Kabwe, Zambia – 1983 to 1987
  • Solicitor, Kabwe Urban District Council, Zambia – 1981 to 1982
  • State Council, Legal Department, Buea, Cameroun – 1976 to 1979
  • Solicitor, Ekontang Elad Chambers, Buea, Cameroun – 1975 to 1976
  • Assistant State Attorney, Attorney General’s Dept., Ghana – 1970 to 1973

As a Consultant, Mrs Hagan has undertaken several assignments for various clients, the most recent of which are: –

  • Ministry of Roads and Highways / Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates: Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (Gender and Poverty Reduction) Reconstruction of Busunu Daboya Road, 2015
  • STAR GHANA / FIDA GHANA: Assessment of Gender Gaps in Oil & Gas Laws, Regulations and Policies that Impede women’s Participation in the Oil and Gas Industry in Ghana 2013
  • Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ghana: The Gender Assessment for Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) 2013
  • FIDA – GHANA/ The Hunger Project/ WiLDAF: Capacity Building on Human Rights Training for Assembly Women We Know II Politics Project: 2012
  • World Bank / USAID / University of Cape Coast: Rapid Gender Analysis Of The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) – Accra Plains And The Savannah Zone, 2011
  • Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWAC): Findings from various Research/Studies on Women’s Participation in Partisan Politics: Trends and Challenges, 2011
  • International Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA (We know Politics): Constitutional Review and Women / Gender Equality, 2010
  • Zoomlion Ghana Ltd., Ghana: Evaluation of Tricycle Collector, 2007.
  • Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs, Ghana: Review of Ghana’s compliance with international and regional conventions on gender and economic empowerment of women, 2006/2007.
  • USA Democracy and Human Rights Fund: Mobil Legal Aid Advocacy and Sensitisation Programme, 2005.
  • Development Cooperation Ireland & Help Age International: the Study of Law, Policies, Documents and Practices Related to Property Rights of Older Women and Men and their Access to Justice in Ghana, 2004

Among her many accomplishments and achievements are: –

  • First African President of Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperation (1996 – 2000).
  • Co-Founder, Legal Advisor and Executive Member of Forum for African Women Educationalist. (1993 to Date).
  • Former President of FIDA Ghana (2000 – 2003).
  • Member of Ghana Population Council (2002 – 2007).
  • African Representative to the Board of the Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland (1993 – 2000).
  • Co-Founder and Coordinator of the International Association for the Advancement of Women in Africa (ASAWA).
  • Co-Founder and Director/Secretary of SECOND GENESIS AFRICA, an NGO which seeks the holistic recovery and rehabilitation of persons with mental disorders in Ghana.

Mrs Hagan has also travelled widely and participated in numerous conferences, workshops and seminars in several countries. She has written and published several Reports and Papers on the Legal and Socio-Economic status of women and the girl child.