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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.

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

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.

The Akoben Newsletter is the official mouthpiece of the network.

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 has organised workshops, seminars, fora including special events which brought together participants from all the 10 regions of Ghana.

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) and other gender-related economic justice advocacy issues.

NETRIGHT has also coordinated international events such as the Accra Women’s Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

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 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.

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

NETRIGHT currently serves as a co-chair of the CSOs Partnership on Development Effectiveness – a global CSO platform.

The structure of NETRIGHT is as follows:

 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 Steering Committee (SC)

 Convenorship

 The Host

 Secretariat

 Focal Points

 Membership

NETRIGHT pursues her concerns through:

Information Sharing

Membership and Public Education

Outreach Programmes

Research and Publications

Networking and Advocacy

Membership is open to individuals, groups and Ghanaian organisations working independent of the state on women’s rights and gender equality.

People working in foreign organisations or in organisations with political party affiliation may join in their individual capacities and not as representatives of their organisations.

As a membership based network, the cardinal principle of NETRIGHT is to provide support and not to duplicate or compete with its member organisations.

NETRIGHT does not organise activities similar to what its members are engaged in, unless there is the prospect for an added value. Rather, NETRIGHT supports interventions of its members by publicising them and assisting with the required expertise.

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.

Movement Building

This thematic area focuses on ways the network organises and mobilises to effect change. To strengthen its own capacity as a network and raise the knowledge base of staff, NETRIGHT is directed by the belief that information sharing and regular meetings among its members partnerships, collaboration and networking with other organisations working on similar issues is the most effective way to maximise resources and achieve desired results.

NETRIGHT emphasises the importance of participation in and contribution to meetings/conferences within and outside Ghana related to issues that border on the Network’s stated objectives, because through this, NETRIGHT can improve its own capacity, learn best practices from others, remain relevant and an influential women’s rights network within the women’s movement as well as the global, regional and national policy space and strengthen advocacy alliances in order to keep gender equality and women’s issues on the national and international agenda.

Economic Justice

NETRIGHT specifically focuses on how women’s livelihoods are affected by economic policies and development interventions such as the GPRS and the Land Tenure Reforms of Ghana. NETRIGHT builds the capacity of women’s rights organisations (WROs) to effectively engage in and influence socio-economic policy debates from a gender perspective

Through its Economic Justice and Capacity Building Programme (EJCBP). The network also monitors government’s responses to regional and global instruments and protocols on women’s rights and gender equality.

NETRIGHT convenes Social Watch Ghana. Social Watch is an international NGO network monitoring poverty eradication and gender equality

Natural Resources

As a gender and economic justice advocacy network, NETRIGHT is interested in contributing to civil society engagement on natural resources issues in Ghana from a gender perspective. As a network seeking to promote the prioritisation of women rights in economic and natural resource policy making, NETRIGHT is interested in how the decision making processes around natural resources are evolving and taking the concerns of women into account and whether the decisions are prioritising national interest and citizens’ rights. NETRIGHT is equally interested in engaging with these processes to ensure that oil as a vital energy service becomes easily accessible, reliable and affordable for women.

NETRIGHT initiates and implements advocacy activities to promote and enhance access, control and ownership of land by especially women in Ghana. It analyses and interrogates observed inequalities in accessing and owning land from a gender perspective, social practices and economic policies that tend to hinder women’s access to and control over land; which is a major livelihood asset. It also collaborates with member organisations working on land to advocate for gender sensitive policies on land.

The natural resources thematic area focuses on women’s land rights, oil and gas and mining.

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