Rita Nketiah is a passionate writer and academic who has over ten (10) years of experience in social justice research-activism. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Human Geography at York University studying second-generation Ghanaian-Canadian youth and their transnational lives. Rita has worked and organized internationally in various gender-related projects, with a focus on education, health and entrepreneurship in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Brazil. Through her Gender advocacy consultancy in Ghana, Rita has had the opportunity to organize and provide capacity building workshops and assist the local educational secretariat to streamline their gender and educational outcomes for girls in rural areas. Rita has also worked with Biz-Zone Inc. in their research investigation of successful female entrepreneurship in the York Region and Simcoe Country area (Ontario). Through this consultancy, she demonstrated excellent research skills including data collection through interviews with female entrepreneurs and preparation of media materials like video interviews for public engagement She was also responsible for managing the content and online promotion or presence for the project including updating their website through Content Management System (CMS). Her specialties include gender advocacy training and research, anti-racist education, policy analysis, and project coordination. Rita is well-versed in major gender concepts such as “intersectionality”, gender and development, gender-mainstreaming and monitoring and evaluation frameworks for positive outcomes. Her academic experiences have also armed her with critical thinking, research and writing skills.
She is passionate about research as it relates to gender justice and anti-oppression models. Rita also has a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Social Justice and Peace, and a Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies with a focus on transnationalism, immigration and anti-racism. She currently writes for This Is Africa, an online publication that discusses socio-political issues on the African continent and abroad.