Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin
Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin is the Director of the Accra-based West African Regional Office of ABANTU for Development, a women’s rights organisation that works to promote gender responsiveness in policies in Ghana, West Africa and Africa as a whole.
She was also the Convenor of the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT), from 2005-2008. NETRIGHT is a membership organisation that focuses on economic justice and women’s land rights.
Dr. Mensah-Kutin holds a PhD in Gender and Energy Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. She also holds an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. She attended the University of Ghana, Legon, for her first and graduate diploma degrees.
She first worked at the “Daily Graphic” rising from the position of Staff Writer to Assistant Editor. During that period, she undertook several socio-economic and political assignments, particularly as they related to women, and edited an innovative column, “Women for Change”.
She was also the co-coordinator of the Social Impact Assessment Unit of the then National Energy Board (now Energy Commission) in the 1990s. Dr. Mensah-Kutin is known as having initiated the production, coalition building and wider dissemination of “The Women’s Manifesto for Ghana”, a political document that outlines critical national issues of concerns to women and makes demands for addressing them.
She serves on a number of boards, committees and councils. They include KITE, the Zoomlion Foundation which she chairs, and the International Gender and Energy Network (ENERGIA) based in The Netherlands. She has also written papers and published on gender equality issues in areas such as governance, energy, climate change and peace building.