Gender activist appointed Ghana's Ambassador to Italy

BY: Zadok K. Gyesi
Ms Paulina Tangoba Abayage
Ms Paulina Tangoba Abayage

A gender activist, Ms Paulina Tangoba Abayage has been appointed as Ghana’s Ambassador to the Republic of Italy.

Until her appointment by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday, July 10, this year, Ms Abayage was the Western Regional Director of the Department of Gender.

Ms Abayage has been a gender advocate for more than 30 years, serving as the Regional Director of the Department of Gender in the Upper East and Central regions before moving to head the same department in the Western region.

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Ms Paulina Tangoba Abayage receiving a handshake from President Akufo-Addo

She has facilitated several gender training workshops and programmes across the country and beyond.

She holds Bsc. Administration (HRM) from the University of Ghana, and has undertaken several certificate courses, including a certificate in Administration and Management– (GIMPA), certificate in Education – University of Education, Winneba (Kumasi Campus); and Women’s Entrepreneurship Development – Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and International Women and Family Foundation (IWff) Seoul (South Korea).

She was adjudged the Overall National Best Teacher in the Technical-Vocational Category in 2002 during the National Teachers award.

From 1998 – 2007, Ms Abayage designed, produced and presented: “Women in Development” – Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC- URA RADIO, Bolgatanga).

She has also undertaken several international assignments on gender related issues, including being part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Committee on Women and Development (CWD) Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to review the Beijing Platform + 20: (12th – 14th November 2013).

She was part of the UNECA Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in Lusaka, Zambia to validate a toolkit on Gender statistics in Africa, from (19th – 21st August 2014).

Similarly, Ms Abayage was part of the UNEC’s-EGM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review the African Social Development Report (ASDR).

She has served on a number of boards and committees, including the water Resources Commission – (Bolgatanga); Navrongo Health Research Centre (Protocols Review Board); Sirigu Women’s Pottery and Arts (SWOPA), and Risegnet (Regional Inter-sectoral Gender Network) – Bolgatanga, among others.

She is currently the Vice Chairman of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Alumni Ghana.