Joanna Foster

Joanna Foster Joanna Foster

Co-founder - African Women's Development Fund (Ghana)

 Joana Foster, a co-founder of the AWDF, has been a social activist for over thirty years. She became a member of the Campaign against Nuclear Disarmament at 17. All through her life she has been involved in founding organisations and supporting initiatives for social justice.
Joana is a qualified lawyer in the UK and in Ghana, the country of her birth. She has practiced in both countries for many years, concentrating on Civil and Political Rights in Ghana, and Immigration and Women’s Rights in the UK.
In her spare time, she has been involved in activism around poverty, race equality and women’s rights. She gave legal advice voluntarily to the Preschool Playgroup Association of England and Wales for three years as their honorary legal adviser. She provided the same pro bono service to various women’s centres and black organisations in the UK.
Joana’s experience includes being a Trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group of the UK and in the 1990s entering the NGO sector full time first as the Country Director of CUSO, Ghana, a Canadian Non-Profit organisation committed to social justice around the world. She was also the Regional Coordinator of Women in law and Development in Africa, a leading women’s rights network in Africa, a post she held for four years. WILDAF is a pan-African network of organisations and individuals dedicated to promoting and strengthening strategies that link law and development to increase the capacity of women to enjoy all their human rights. She is also one of the founders of the Gender and Human Rights Documentation Centre based in Accra, Ghana.

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