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Dr. Jean-Charles shares thoughts on Feminism and Freedom in Ghana w/ Nana Akosua Hanson

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Published with Ms. Magazine 5.4.2023

I traveled to Ghana, West Africa, in March for a global leadership summit hosted by Northeastern University, where I work. While I had been to Accra multiple times, this was my first time being there during International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The timing had me thinking about how feminists are advancing gender justice in Ghana today.

I spoke with Nana Akosua Hanson, feminist activist, journalist and founder of Let’s Talk Consent to learn more about her vision for a feminist future, the importance of art and media, and her activism that is based in Ghana—but is having a truly global impact.

Taken together, Nana Akosua’s comments reminds us that feminism is ultimately, an expansive and inclusive freedom project. Indeed, the idea of feminism as a freedom project is not to be taken lightly in the context of Ghana—which, in 1957 became the first Black African country to gain independence from British colonial rule. The work of building a feminist future that is more just and most invested in communal care is slow and important work that requires multiple approaches. From her local organizing, use of contemporary art and media presence, Nana Akosua Hanson is leading the way to advance feminism and freedom in Ghana.

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