Executive Director: DR.CHARITY BINKA

CHARITY BINKA is the Executive Director of an Accra based NGO, Women, Media and Change (WOMEC). CHARITY is passionate about creating an equal playing field for both men and women and has devoted her life to working towards the empowerment of women.

Her NGO is committed to training women and girls in media skills to effectively engage in the public discourse on gender inequality and violence against women as barriers to the empowerment of women.  WOMEC also targets journalists to builds their skills in gender sensitive reporting. www.womec.org. WOMEC is committed to giving women public voice and visibility through the effective use of the media. Malaria accounts for the death of thousands of pregnant women and children.

Since 2006, Charity has devoted her time to training African journalists to report effectively on malaria. Her passion in the field led to the creation of the African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN), of which she is the Executive Secretary. The Network brings together journalists from ten (10) African countries who have been trained to report on malaria on the Continent. – www.ammren.org.

CHARITY worked with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation for 18 years from 1990 to 2008, where she rose to the rank of Editor-in-Chief and Head of the Gender Desk of the Radio Division of the Corporation.

CHARITY previously worked with the African Newspapers of Nigeria Limited in Ibadan, publishers of the Nigerian Tribune and Sunday Tribune. She worked as a columnist and gender issues and senior reporter for four years. She became the Ogun State Correspondent, based at Abeokuta, Nigeria, before leaving for Ghana in 1986. CHARITY joined the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in November 2008 where she lectured for seven years.

Between 2009 and 2012, she served as the Manager of the GIMPA Gender Development and Research Centre. During her tenure Charity coordinated the process of developing a Gender Policy and Action Plan for GIMPA and played a lead role in organizing orientation workshops for GIMPA Council and staff. She was the lead Consultant/Facilitator for the GIMPA gender training component of a US$14 million Gender Responsive Skills and Community Development Project of the African Development Bank and former Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (2011-2012), targeting senior public and civil servants in Ghana.

CHARITY serves on several local and international boards, including to the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Nairobi, Kenya (West Africa Representative) where she works with other board members to provide strategic direction to the Pan African body.

CHARITY was the Ghana Team Coordinator of a British Council/DFID funded project, the Virtual Newsroom Project from 2001 to 2004. The Project linked 80 female journalists from eight African Countries to produce a monthly web-based Monthly Newspaper called the Africawoman”.

CHARITY was also the first elected President of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA), Ghana Chapter. During her tenure as President between 2000-2004, SWAA Ghana successfully implemented a $150,000 DANIDA funded project on the Promotion of Female Condom use in five regions of Ghana.

As a journalist, Charity covered many international conferences and proceedings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. She was on a number of Ghana government delegations to the UN for the Review Meeting of the Status of Women and the Beijing+5 and 1O Review Meetings in New York, USA. She was part of an international delegation to the 2014 UN Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing+ 15 Review Meeting in New York.

She holds a PhD in Population and Health at the University of Cape Coast. Her to research was on Perceptions and Experiences about Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment at Battor, Ghana”. She also has an MPhil in Public Administration (MPA), obtained from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Master of Arts degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana. CHARITY is a Chevening Fellow (1998), UK and a Fellow of the Women Leaders of the World Programme of the Leavey Business School of the Santa Clara University, California, USA (2008).

CHARITY is the Managing Editor of Eyes on Malaria, the flagship magazine of the AMMREN, which focuses on initiatives across Africa to kick out the disease from the Continent – www.eyesonmalaria. In 2000, Charity compiled information to produce a book, “The Hidden Terror- Stories about Violence Against Women”, edited by Efua Hesse, Charity Binka & Angela Kamara, A publication of Multi- Disciplinary African Women’s Health Network (MAWHN). She published a Newsletter, “The Female Parliamentarian”, a newsletter dedicated to celebrating women parliamentarians in Ghana.