Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On August 17

On this day in ...
... 1946, Dorcas Coker-Appiah (left) was born in Wenchi, Ghana. In 1972 she received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Ghana, and was called to the bar the same year. She's been a women's rights activist throughout her career, with a particular emphasis on legal literacy and leadership training. Coker-Appiah serves as Executive Director of the Gender Studies and Human Right Documentation Centre, based in Accra, and as a board member of WIPSEN-Africa, the Women Peace and SecurityNetwork Africa. Her publications include a co-authored chapter on "Societal influences on the conduct of conjugal relations," in a 2003 collection edited by Akua Kuenyehia, Women and Law in West Africa: Gender Relations in the Family -- A West African Perspective(reviewed here). Since 2003, Coker-Appiah has served as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, succeeding Kuenyehia, who resigned upon her election as a Judge of the International Criminal Court.

(Prior August 17 posts are here, here, and here.)

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