PROFILE - HIKIMAT BABA DUA - Community Social Service Nominee
Hikimat picked up a prize for Community Social Service Excellence
Ms. Baba Dua engages in work that she is passionate about. She has a strong desire to see women and girls empowered. She stands up against the forced marriage of children and all forms of violence and discrimination against girls and women.
While attending KNUST Ms. Baba Dua was a proactive student leader. She founded "League of Young Female Leaders" in 2011 and was recognized at the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Awards with the Personality of the Year Award in 2012. The League of Young Female Leaders became a registered non-profit organization in 2013 and Ms. Baba Dua currently serves as its Executive Director.
Ms. Baba Dua’s organization focuses on advancing the status of girls and women in Ghana through mentorship and advocacy. It seeks to demonstrate to Ghanaians the importance of investing in females’ education.
Highlights of Hikimat Excellence Achievement
As the Executive Director at the League of Young Female Leaders, she is responsible for leading the fellowship program for high school graduates, and the lead advocate for both radio and television on child marriage, teenage pregnancy, and other gender-related issues, develops strategic partnerships at local and international levels, and attends key events and meetings.
Hikmat conducted research for her master’s thesis on “Gender mainstreaming accountability in local governance,” which influenced her city’s local government to adopt a key recommendation to increasing the number of women in leadership roles. She also organized and facilitated a workshop on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for girls in her home village in response to an increase in teenage pregnancy, which resulted in the establishment of a peer-to-peer SRHR mentorship program that is supported by the community. Additionally, Hikmat picked some of her mentees to put together an application to FRIDA, a young feminist fund, to run an advocacy project and it was selected by the organization.
Ms. Baba Dua also serves as the Tamale Regional Coordinator for the HerStory Initiative of LitWorld International and its partner organization Global G.L.O.W which seeks to close the literacy gap worldwide by supporting girls aged 10 to 16 through “Litclubs” where they are offered safe learning environments, given mentors, and empowered to author their own stories. Some of the girls attending the Litclubs have never been to school.