Edith Esinam Asamani

Edith has over a decade’s experience in volunteerism in the field of social development, as well as children, youth and women’s rights advocacy. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

Edith is passionate about changing the world with and for young people and women. She has gained some voluntary work experience with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). While working with Curious Minds, she was the Conference Manager for the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights which brought the continent’s focus to adolescents and the role they play in the demographic dividend on the continent. This conference was successfully organized with strong outcomes that played a key role in Africa’s voice in the Post 2015 Agenda.

Edith has been actively involved in the International Conference on Population and Development(ICPD) Beyond 2014 review process and the Post 2015 agenda; at all levels of discussions and advocacy on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Through these experiences, she has developed policy advocacy, media advocacy, community outreach programming and project management knowledge and skills especially in the areas of adolescent, women and youth development.

 

Edith has actively engaged in the promulgation of several legislations, policies and programmes related to the development of children and young people.  Some of these legislations include the Children’s Act 560, Domestic Violence Act 694, Juvenile Justice Act 653, Criminal Code Amendment Act etc. She has also been directly involved in producing simplified and comic versions of some of these laws to make them user friendly especially for young people. Edith served on the Steering Committee of the Morocco Forum for Adolescent and Youth Human Rights Driving Sustainable Development and as a Facilitator and Rapporteur at the 2012 Global Youth Forum in Bali. The Global Youth Forum’s outcome document, the Bali Declaration, called for accountability, transparency and the need for implementation as a cross cutting theme across all recommendations, with special focus on populations whose rights have often been overlooked in the Post 2015 Agenda. Edith has also represented Ghanaian and African youth on various international, regional and national platforms.

Edith is a member of various global and continental platforms and has consistently advocated for quality health, education and development of her consistencies. She is a Women Deliver Young Leader, a member of the UNFPA Youth Leadership Working Group, the Communications Lead of the Young African Feminist Dialogue, a member of the Youth Advisory Group of the Global Partnership for Education and an advisory member of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She was also the Co-Coordinator of the international advocacy group of dance4life – the dance4life Change Makers. Edith is also a trainer/facilitator, blogger, photographer and graphic designer, who believes in using communication effectively as a tool to addressing the development deficit.