Director - Non-teaching

Professor Akua Opokua Britwum

Akua Opokua Britwum is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cape Coast. She holds a PhD from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She obtained her first and second degrees from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cape Coast.Her research and publications cover sexual harassment, the economics of violence against women, gender mainstreaming in Ghanaian Universities, gender and land rights, gender and leadership in trade unions, organising informal economy workers as well as trade union participation and representation.

Akua Britwum has served UCC in the various capacities such as:    

  • Member University of Cape Coast Strategic Planning Monitoring Committee
  • Hall Counsellor, Adehye Hall, University of Cape Coast
  • Member, Centre for Development Studies Advisory Board Examinations Officer, Centre for Development Studies,
  • Chairperson, University of Cape Coast Basic Schools Management Committee 
  • International Education Coordinator, African Workers’ Participation Development Programme (APADEP) of the UCC International Support Centre  

 She has served as a Guest Lecturer at the International Center for Decent Work and Development (ICDD), University of Kassel, Germany and is an Associate Fellow of the Global Labour University.   She is in addition the Convenor of the women’s rights organisation, the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT).

Other positions she has held include the

  • African Regional Focal person, International Research Network for Domestic Workers
  • Member, Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI) Civil Society Technical Committee






Welcome Message: 

The Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation  is an  initiative of the University of Cape Coast. The setting up of CEGRAD was in response to internal and external commitments, which included the Key thrust 2 of the University’s Strategic Plan, which aims at creating a conducive working environment, which recognizes equal opportunities for Faculties, Staff, and Students. The Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy, and Documentation (CEGRAD) on UCC campus began operation on 1 August 2013.

CEGRAD has two distinct but related tasks:

To support and deepen research and  engage in  outreach and advocacy , in the area of gender across the University of Cape Coast  and beyond. We hope to become  a gender centre with nationwide acclaim.

CEGRAD's mandate includes:

  • Operating as a research, advocacy and documentation focal point on Gender and Women Studies,
  • Ensuring adherence to gender sensitivity in the university wide policy and programmes,
  • Supporting faculties, schools and institutes to engender their taught programmes and teaching approaches,
  • Offering a framework for monitoring adherence to gender sensitivity in policy-making and for feedback on effort at promoting gender equality at UCC , 
  • Facilitating the protection of women’s rights and the promotion of gender equity at UCC and beyond
  • Coordinating relations within and beyond UCC for the promotion of gender interests

Main Activities

The main activities of CEGRAD revolve around Research, Advocacy, and Documentation.

In line with its mandate, CEGRAD offers the following services:

  • Gender analysis training to support gender aware research, programme design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Sexual harassment training to provide deeper understanding of gender politics of sexual harassment in the academy;
  • Engendering curriculum to foster a dedicated attention to gender relations in content and pedagogy of various disciplines within the university environment
  • Gender budgeting, to ensure that dedication to gender mainstreaming has the necessary resource allocation to facilitate planning, implementation and monitoring.