Awo Aidam Amenyah is a development entrepreneur who worked as the Gender Program Officer with the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition. She is credited with leading the process to the development of the draft Ghana Gender Education Policy for the Coalition.
She is currently the Executive Director of J Initiative (JI) a child and family focused education Non-Governmental Organisation in Ghana. Since 2013, Awo has been at the forefront of the call on government and other stakeholders to put in place measures to safeguard children within the cyberspace. One of her team’s advocacy works in the area of Internet Safety birthed the pillar focusing on Child Online Protection – COP being incorporated into the National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy for Ghana. She has facilitated platforms for engagement between state (government) and non-state (civil society) actors to influence policy and development decisions specifically related to education, violence against girls, child sexual exploitation (CSE) among others. Among many things, Awo facilitated the Ministry of Interior’s organised Child Online Sexual Exploitation in 2015. She made a presentation on Child Online Protection Intervention in Ghana at the United States Telecom Training for Government Officials in Africa. Outside Ghana in Feb. 2016, she made a presentation on Child Online Protection at the Recovery and Reintegration from Child Sexual Exploitation (Rise Learning Network) Africa Region working group meeting in Nairobi and recently represented Ghana at the Europe, Middle East and Africa Child Safety Summit in Ireland in April 2017. She has produced a policy brief on child online protection in Ghana for the Media Foundation for West Africa and a paper on Digital Literacy and Safety for the Africa Mobile Expo in 2016. She is member of the National Child Online Protection Steering Committee. Her greatest passion is to see children and young people equipped with Knowledge in Digital Literacy and Safety. This pushed her to initiate the Safer Internet Day (Ghana Version) Celebration every February since 2014.
Current position: Executive Director, J Initiative