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Ghana’s Homemade Guns

TAMALE- “Making a gun is very easy. I can do it in short time. Maybe three days.” Abdallah smiles and leans on his workbench. By..

February 16, 2014 with 0 Comments

Citizen Journalists in Old Fadama

ACCRA-In a small classroom overlooking Agbogbloshie’s yam market, Timothy Ngenbe leads the class in a journalism workshop. ”Now let us..

February 6, 2014 with 0 Comments

Sister Cities: A Model for Development in Ashaiman

Honourable Ibrahim Baidoo is the Mayor of Ashaiman- a city of over 200,000 people located 30 km outside Accra, Ghana’s capital. Baidoo..

February 1, 2014 with 0 Comments

Drama for development: Community theatre creating awareness on human rights

ACCRA- Nii Kwartelai Quartey is a student at the University of Ghana, a human rights activist and a playwright. As I sit chatting with him..

January 27, 2014 with 0 Comments

Female students in Ghana find empowerment through entrepreneurship

  At the age of 18 Gloria Buckman Yankson walked into a job interview determined to make a good impression.  Twenty minutes later,..

January 26, 2014 with 0 Comments

Death by numbers

By: Carolyn Thompson and John Van Dusen ACCRA – More Ghanaians die from diseases related to diarrhea than any other cause of death,..

January 15, 2014 with 0 Comments

The Road to Maternal Health

“I have carried uncountable women down the mountain, down to Wli.” Patrick stares at the ground. Remembering the women he and his..

January 15, 2014 with 0 Comments

Crooked scales

By: Carolyn Thompson and John Van Dusen ANKASA – Ghana’s cocoa farmers say purchasers are stealing from them using improperly..

January 14, 2014 with 1 Comment

Whale carcasses washing up in droves

A growing number of decomposing whale carcasses are washing up along the shores of Ghana. Since August, ten whales have been spotted. That..

December 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Improving Literacy Rates in Ghana

ADEISO, GHANA – In a dimly lit classroom in Adeiso, a small village in Ghana’s Eastern Region, children wait patiently as they..

December 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Remembering Mandela

ACCRA- The passing of Nelson Mandela last Thursday has evoked tributes from all corners of the earth. From US President Barack Obama to the..

December 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Tuesday, the world celebrates Human Rights Day, and the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Click here to see..

December 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cost of living in Ghana

December 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Tracking Ghana’s media

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA — Ghana’s media landscape is a shell of its former self. Twenty years ago there were only a handful of..

December 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Politics and policing are World Cup worries when Ghana faces Egypt in Cairo

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA- With the final African World Cup qualifying match between the Ghana Black Stars and Egypt Pharaohs set to..

November 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Naval death reinforces need for safety policy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – A naval worker whose life jacket malfunctioned was swept away by strong currents after the life boat he..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Charting government accountability

By: John Van Dusen NKROFUL – A chalkboard with numbers charted like a scoreboard sits outside the district office, the months of the..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Healing Crusades

ACCRA – Another hot and sultry night in Ghana’s capital. In the city centre, people are gathering at Accra’s Independence Square,..

November 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Citi FM reporter wins award for innovative storytelling

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – Nana Boakye-Yiadom trudged through marshy and flooded fields after more than an hour riding on the..

November 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ford Nation making waves an ocean away

ACCRA – On a crammed minibus in downtown Accra, a radio announcer is reading a newscast in Twi, one of the local languages in Ghana,..

November 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

The art of poverty

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – In a working class neighbourhood where open sewers reek of feces and vendors sit on rickety stools..

October 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

The right to play in Accra

ACCRA – There are few old people in Ghana. There aren’t many wrinkles to be seen, no grey hair on heads. The streets are teeming..

October 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Dansoman Special School Lacks Resources

  By: Jacky Habib ACCRA – “A, B, C, D, E, F, G….” Priscilla sings quietly with a smile on her face. Her father, Paul..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mental Health in Ghana: Making it Matter

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA – Sitawa Wafula stands in front of a packed room, poised behind the podium, no notes in hand.  The..

October 16, 2013 with 1 Comment

In Old Fadama

By: Jacky Habib ACCRA, GHANA  – On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Citi FM reporter Eugenia Tenkorang and I walk through the streets of..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nowhere to go but the gutter

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA, GHANA – The sound of a flushing toilet is as rare as a quiet morning in some parts of Accra. On a weekend..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Awoonor’s cultural legacy

By Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – Dozens of women in red and black dresses stream through the aisles, with small candles atop their heads..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Beyond the 9 to 5 in an informal economy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – The trotro was full but I didn’t want to wait. It can take half an hour for the minibuses to fill up..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Victims without voice: measuring gender-based violence in schools

By: John Van Dusen Last month Media Rights Trainer John Van Dusen and Radio Gold journalist Adams Issaka covered a release by the NGO Human..

October 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Between a rock and a hard place, GM crops or not?

By: Kristian Jebsen ACCRA – As the international community gears up to commemorate World Food Day on October 16, Ghana is..

October 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

JHR blog goes live at Ghana Institute of Journalism

By Jocelyn Edwards I’m pleased and proud to share with the Journalists for Human Rights community the result of several months of..

September 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Battling the boom in Ghana

Accra is a cacophony of sound. There’s the bone-rattling hum of bass from speaker stacks in churches and drinking spots, and set up for..

September 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Verdict: Ghana’s democracy marches on

By Iain Marlow ACCRA—In Ghana, everyone has been awaiting the Verdict. For roughly three months, live broadcasts of Supreme Court..

September 5, 2013 with 1 Comment

Oh Be the Brave

By Jessica Campbell His name is OB Nartey. But I call him OB the Brave. We were colleagues for two months at Pravda Radio in Accra, Ghana...

September 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Talk show host takes a stand for women in Ghana

by Jocelyn Edwards A celebrity talk show host with a fiercely loyal audience, Gifty Anti might best be described as the Oprah of Ghana. Her..

September 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Advocates urge Ghanaian government to improve Right to Information bill

by Nicole Baute A coalition of NGOs says Ghana’s Right to Information bill is so flawed that it would prevent rather than encourage..

July 31, 2013 with 0 Comments

Inside the Children’s Ward at Accra Psychiatric

  By Jocelyn Edwards I’m just sitting down for an interview in the children’s ward at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital when the..

July 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ken Kuranchie on Ghana’s prisons: “Not even a pig should live like that”

By Nana Yaa Agyeman-Kwami and Joseph Armstrong Alorgbey, JHR-AUCC Chapter When the outspoken journalist Ken Kuranchie was released from..

July 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Akplabanya waste problem part of experiment by residents

By Ishmael J. Abudu In Akplabanya, a small community east of Accra, the ground is covered in garbage, including plastics and human waste...

July 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Striking a balance: gender in the classroom

Ghana has made great strides towards gender equality, with significantly increased gender parity in education, more women participating in..

July 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

In Ghana, censorship or necessary caution?

By Iain Marlow ACCRA—Ghana’s Supreme Court has jailed a journalist for criminal contempt over comments related to an ongoing court case..

July 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

Accra’s “Death Trap” Highway

By Jocelyn Edwards We stood at the edge of the road sweating under the mid-day sun, watching the cars come barreling towards us down the..

July 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cash for coverage: a complex problem in Ghanaian newsrooms

By Nicole Baute When Ransford Tetteh, editor of Ghana’s robust state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper, took questions from a group of..

June 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Rainy season comes to Accra

by Jocelyn Edwards It’s rainy season in Accra which, if you haven’t been to Africa, is a fact that might seem incidental to the..

June 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Begging for the blind: Accra’s street children

  By Abby Wiseman     Theresa enlists street children to escort her through traffic begging drivers for change. By Abby..

June 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Check yourself before you wreck yourself

By: Jessica Campbell He was a friendly fellow. “Why are you in Accra?” he asked with a smile as we sat next to each other on the..

June 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ghana strives to improve on human rights record

By Ishmael J. Abudu, JHR-AUCC Chapter Amnesty International’s annual report shows that although Ghana’s human rights record is..

June 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Pharmacist strike hurts aids patients

By: Abby Wiseman HIV patients line the hallway of the Fevers Unit Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. They wait for hours for their name..

June 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Living on Abokobi’s illegal landfill

  By Abby Wiseman Adelaide pulls out one of her large lactating breasts and plunks it into the mouth of her 10 month old baby while..

June 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

On Ghana’s gold, “galamsey” miners and government action

By Iain Marlow ACCRA, GHANA—There’s a lot of gold in Ghana’s hills. Problematically, there’s also a lot of “galamsey.”..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

“In Ghana, we talk, not fight”- Supreme court battle reveals strength of democracy in Ghana

by Jocelyn Edwards It’s just before noon in Accra, Ghana, and people are starting to filter into restaurants and cafes for lunch. But..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

National campaign seeks to stamp out corruption

by Nicole Baute We were in Ghana for a few minutes before being asked to pay a bribe. At the Accra airport at night, a bit stunned by the..

May 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Oral culture thrives in Ghana

By Nicole Baute “I’m talking to you and you don’t give me an answer!” In Accra, this is a big mistake. The woman must have been in..

May 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Persons with disability experience protection without enforcement

By Iain Marlow in Accra, Ghana While many of Accra’s most well known journalists were ensconced at Ghana’s Supreme Court,..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Housing project brings water, sanitation to Amui Dzor slum

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 7, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mamas know best: an organization in Ghana profits with fair trade

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Going out in style: Fantasy coffin-makers of Teshie

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Journalists doubt information will soon be free in Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Pushing for rights literacy in rural Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Boston attack: an international perspective

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Election and Politics in Ghana

Sean O’Shea is a reporter with Global TV in Toronto. In the summer of 2012, he reported from Ghana and served as an expert trainer..

January 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Riding Towards Sustainable Development

In a country burgeoning with traffic congestion, increasing economic growth, and a stark urban-rural divide, Ghana’s Bamboo Bikes..

August 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Breaking News, Breaking Hearts: How Ghanaian Media Handles Tragedy

Journalists make the news. They find the issues, gather the reports, and tell the stories. But how they do this can have a lasting impact..

July 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

No faith in science: a Homo sapien rights issue?

Evolution is accepted by 97 percent of scientists in the United States but by only 61 percent of the public, according to the Pew Research..

July 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Unavailable and underfunded: mental healthcare in Ghana

Like much of the developing world, mental healthcare is lacking in Ghana. Mental illnesses are deeply stigmatized and widely misunderstood,..

July 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

Polio effects linger in Ghana despite vaccines

When Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo contracted polio as a nine-year-old, his symptoms worsened to the point where his nerves were affected and his..

July 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Day Cares and Dump Sites: Sanitation Problems in Kumasi

This week, my colleagues and I decided to examine urban sanitation and the associated health issues for Ultimate Radio’s Morning Show. We..

July 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Zen and Goats: Last impressions of the little things in Tamale

I checked my phone – 9:30am. Half an hour had passed since my last meeting in Tamale was due to start. No sign of the big boss...

July 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana’s Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana's Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

When Household Chores become Human Rights Abuses

At eleven years old, Thema, a native of Kumasi, hopes to be a nurse when she grows up. Currently, however, she is employed wandering..

July 13, 2012 with 0 Comments

Obruni Chief

Ghana is full of people who came to the country, fell in love with it and its people, and ended up staying. Rod McLaren’s story is a..

July 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

Searching for the man with biscuits

“This man continued giving us biscuits and bananas every day for close to two weeks. So it’s like he used that way to drag so many..

July 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Development at a cost

When tourists visit Ghana they often say the Volta Region is a highlight of their trip. With its lush tropical vegetation and serene..

July 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Finding Accountability for Vehicle Safety

  Last weekend, on a mission to buy a pineapple, some friends and I walked to the “Amakom traffic lights” – a major intersection..

July 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Poverty prevents some Ghanaians from seeking education

Very little light illuminates the abandoned railway line that cuts down the center of the squatter community of Kejetia. The large field..

June 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

This land is your land, this land is my land

Some men wore fitted suits. Others were dressed in traditional kente clothing. The event started an hour and a half after its scheduled..

June 26, 2012 with 0 Comments

“Lutte Traditionnelle:” a photo essay

I’ve never really done sports journalism, so I jumped at the opportunity to go to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)..

June 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Defending sexual minority rights

“Pedophiles or other sexual deviants are not welcome in Ghana.” The sign loomed over me as I stood, waiting to get my passport stamped,..

June 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

“The Road Not Taken”: maternal mortality in rural Ghana

My colleague and I took a two hour journey to a village outside of Kumasi to conduct interviews for his documentary on maternal mortality..

June 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

Radio empowers youth in northern Ghana

“My studio is so full you could bake a loaf of bread with the heat,” says Awonatey Hippolite, the exuberant host of Voice of the Youth,..

June 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ending Ghanaian child labour

Working children are everywhere in Accra. They collect the fares for trotros, mini-vans turned into buses. They stand in intersections,..

June 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

Witchcraft forum focuses on gendered solutions

On May 19, the International Institute of Journalism and JHR hosted a community dialogue on the issue of witch craft allegations in..

June 7, 2012 with 0 Comments

The politics of being gay

On my first day of work, I was asked how I felt about having a gay president. The question was referring to President Obama’s..

June 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Repatriating Ghana’s “Witches”

Ghanaian witch camps are a cultural phenomenon I have yet to fully experience and understand. Although I have read much about them and..

June 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malaria, the hospital, and Ghanaian health care

There is an odd fear and fascination with Malaria in Canada. To many, it’s an “exotic” and deadly disease. It’s shrouded in..

June 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

The drive to protect Ghana's youth

    Francis Donkoh waited on the meridian while a police officer stopped a busy street full of afternoon traffic for him to..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

The drive to protect Ghana’s youth

    Francis Donkoh waited on the meridian while a police officer stopped a busy street full of afternoon traffic for him to..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ciao Kumasi!

Before arriving in Ghana two weeks ago, I was told to prepare myself for the shock: there will be harsh exhaust fumes, deafening noises,..

May 29, 2012 with 1 Comment

Ghana’s suicide stigma

I went to the scene of a suicide on the third day of my internship. The suicide victim, later identified as a former foreign ambassador and..

May 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

Ghana's suicide stigma

I went to the scene of a suicide on the third day of my internship. The suicide victim, later identified as a former foreign ambassador and..

May 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

Ghanaian journalist lectures JHR chapter about rights media

On May 19, the JHR chapter at Tamale’s International Institute of Journalism hosted a community forum about witchcamps. Among the..

May 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Not taking no for an answer

I was already in the tro-tro to work when I began to reconsider my outfit. I must have lost weight since the last time I wore the cotton..

May 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malaria: not just a disease, but a way of life

It’s the most dangerous killer in West Africa, the top issue on Ghana’s health priority list, and carries a whopping price tag of up to..

May 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghana makes inroads against child mortality

Ghana has taken a major step toward reducing its under under-five mortality rate with the introduction of two new vaccines for rotavirus..

May 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Barriers to mental healthcare in Ghana's Northern Region

Mami Sandow started hearing voices when she was nine years old. “She used to roam, talking anyhow, climbing some kind of trees,..

May 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

Barriers to mental healthcare in Ghana’s Northern Region

Mami Sandow started hearing voices when she was nine years old. “She used to roam, talking anyhow, climbing some kind of trees,..

May 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghana's prisons: 'universities of crime'

Thanks to poor conditions, and a focus on punishment instead of rehabilitation, Ghana’s prisons have become “universities of crime,”..

May 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

Ghana’s prisons: ‘universities of crime’

Thanks to poor conditions, and a focus on punishment instead of rehabilitation, Ghana’s prisons have become “universities of crime,”..

May 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian police covers up child abuse, says legal expert

A child abuse case is being covered up by Tamale’s Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DVVSU), a Ghanaian legal expert says...

April 25, 2012 with 0 Comments
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