Mrs. Magdalene Awinyeliya Kannae is a Practitioner in Gender, Local Governance, Social Development and Peacebuilding. She holds a Master degree in Adult Education from the University of Ghana, Legon and a second Master’s degree in Gender Peace and Security from KAIPTC in 2021. Her specialities are in gender, gender analysis, planning, mainstreaming facilitation, programme design, peace and security.

Mrs Kannae, worked with the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) as the head of the Gender and Social Development Centre for over fourteen years. She also worked for almost two decades as a community development officer with the Department of Community Development and rose to a position of Principle Community Development Officer.

As the Head of the Gender Centre, she led in the coordination and facilitation of various programmes. Some of these include, training on women participation in local governance for stakeholders from various districts throughout Ghana; Development of training manuals and facilitating training programmes for newly elected and appointed Assembly Members of Ghana’s local government practitioners. As a Community Development officer, she developed vocational skills programs for women and young girls. Her recent interest has been in peace and security issues and no wonder she embarked on a Master’s degree program in Gender, Peace and Security at the KAIPTC. Her interest has also been in capacitating local authorities to deliver services equitably for females and males. She made several presentations on this subjects for the Institute and as a resource person at various platforms, including, ABANTU for Development, WILDAF, MoGCSP etc programs, She coordinated the Institute’s gender team to develop a Gender Strategies for the Land Administration Programme (LAP), Co-consultant for Development of Gender Strategy for the MLGRD in 2020, team member for the Development of a Gender Policy for the Ghana Police Service in 2020, Led in the development of a gender sensitive tool-kit for MMDAs, Team leader for the Roll out of the Child and Family Welfare and Justice for Children Policies. She has also led the team in the Institute’s collaboration with the UN HABITAT Gender Unit and developed gender programs. Mrs. Kannae is currently the focal Person in Ghana for the West African Women Association (WAWA) a sub-regional women’s association operating in all West African countries. She is a member of the following boards: Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF); Foundation for Security and Development in Africa- (FOSDA); Basic Needs Ghana and The National Peace Council, Ghana.

Mrs Kannae’s goal and passion is a just and equitable society where the rights of females and males are respected equally.

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