About Us

Our History

The Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) is a network of civil society organisations and individuals who have a clear interest in working together to bring a gender perspective into national processes and advocate for policy change to strengthen women’s human rights. NETRIGHT aims to campaign for attitudinal and policy changes to achieve women’s equal rights and to draw attention to violations of women’s rights. It also aims to create spaces for debate, discussion and clearer articulation of different positions within the Ghana women’s movement on women’s rights issues, as well as other national issues. To ensure inclusiveness, NETRIGHT provides a national advocacy platform for civil society organisations around national and international processes and educates the public about gender equality and women’s rights issues.

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Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT)



Why NETRIGHT?



NETRIGHT was founded in 1999 by a group of individuals and organisations interested in promoting women’s rights in all national processes. It was a response to a number of identified gaps in the approach of civil society organisations working in women’s rights issues. Such gaps included the lack of a collective approach to working on national and regional processes; an under emphasis of the political and power relational issues in the gender and development work; the absence of space for debate and discussion to come to a clear understanding of women’s positions on their rights and other national issues; and the inability to respond to critical issues partly due to lack of effective engagement with national institutions on women and policy making. In response to these gaps the orientation of NETRIGHT is clearly one that emphasizes:

  • a strong human rights perspective
  • the political and power relational issues in the gender and development work
  • the importance of advocacy and mobilisation and therefore aims for the broadest possible representation in our membership
  • a secular approach to our work
  • non-partisanship alliance and/or participation

NETRIGHT’s Objectives?



The objectives of NETRIGHT are:

  • to build a strong coalition of groups and individuals committed to ensuring women’s rights in Ghana that will provide a base for more effective lobbying, advocating and campaigning on issues
  • to work effectively with and support the work of the national machinery on women’s issues
  • to provide a forum for the sharing of ideas and information on issues, development and approaches to gender equality work and to reduce duplication and fragmentation of efforts on similar concerns
  • to strengthen and support NGO presence and participation in gender equality and women’s rights in Ghana
  • to inject a human rights discourse to women’s equality work in Ghana

MISSION



NETRIGHT’s main mission is to promote women’s rights in Ghana through the critical analysis of gender dimensions of national processes and policies and advocate for policy change.



Main Thematic Areas

NETRIGHT’s work focuses on its three (3) thematic areas: Movement Building, Economic Justice and Natural Resources. These thematic areas encompass how people’s livelihoods; especially women, are affected by economic and social policies; as well as development interventions.



NETRIGHT’s movement building thematic area focuses on organisational and mobilisation strategies to effect change. The choice of activities is directed by the belief that information sharing, regular membership meetings, partnerships, collaboration and networking with similar minded organisations maximises resource utilisation to achieve results.

Activities in this area include those designed to strengthen its internal capacity as a network, raise the knowledge base of staff and expand its policy engagement platforms.


NETRIGHT’s economic justice work revolves around development financing and development effectiveness, national and district development policies and plans. Others are the informal economy in particular cross border and local trade as well as market spaces. NETRIGHT’s activities are geared towards working to impact macro-economic and social policies in order to secure and enhance women’s livelihoods through policy dialogue and lobbying.

Some issues NETRIGHT has worked on include gender analysis of the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS 1 and 2), national and district development plans, gender budgeting, social protection, trade, economic justice capacity building programme.


The gender and natural resources thematic area is aimed at protecting women’s livelihoods, women’s land access and ownership. This includes monitoring the impact of activities in the extractive industry and land acquisitions on women’s health, economic and social wellbeing. The activities consist of research and advocacy in oil and gas, gold mining and Land Rights.

NETRIGHT undertook research when Ghana’s oil find was announced to explore women’s concerns around the oil find and possible effects of oil drilling on the health and livelihoods in the fringe communities. The findings were used to engage parliamentarians and other actors during the development of legislations to govern Ghana’s infant oil and gas industry. Its activities around oil and gas in 2014 led to the formation of women accountability committees in selected districts to engage actors in the oil and gas sector.



Programmes/Activities


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Since its establishment, NETRIGHT has provided leadership and analysis on issues and policies such as the weaknesses of the gender analysis in the 1992 Constitution, Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS), women’s land rights within the context of the Land Administration Project and women’s participation in policy and political decision making. NETRIGHT coordinates and produces Ghana’s NGOs Shadow Report to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Beijing Review and the engagement of women’s groups in the review processes

Furthermore, NETRIGHT convenes the biannual Ghana Feminist Forum (GFF) and the lead women’s rights network for the Development Effectiveness and Financing for Development (FfD) processes in Ghana.

NETRIGHT has strategically positioned itself to ensure that information sharing and public education are some of the ways it projects its concerns to benefit women and their groups across all the ten regions of Ghana.

Through its “Outreach Programmes”, NETRIGHT works with focal persons/organisations to generate discussion around pertinent social, economic and policy issues of concern and relevance to women within specific regions and also at the national level.

NETRIGHT also collaborates with regional and international organisations/networks to carry out advocacy on international processes like the African Women’s Decade, Aid/Development Effectiveness, UN processes including Financing for Development (FfD), the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN-CSW) and other gender-related economic justice advocacy issues.

NETRIGHT has also coordinated international events such as the Accra Women’s Forum on Aid Effectiveness. NETRIGHT currently serves as a co-chair of the CSOs Partnership on Development Effectiveness – a global CSO platform.



CONTACT

C/o Third World Network Africa (TWN-Africa)
P. O. BOX AN 19452, ACCRA-NORTH
Email : info@netrightghana.org / netright@ymail.com
Tel : +233 302 511189 / 500419
Cell : +233 020 0458945
Fax : +233 302 511188

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