In August 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the 32nd Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). It took place in Accra. As a new WILPF member, I was excited to meet so many like-minded and inspiring women from all over the world. One of them was Keren Ansah Mensah. She is a member of WILPF Ghana. In the future, we plan to collaborate closely to advocate for peace worldwide. Here is a short interview with her on peace activism and the situation of Ghanian women.
Me: Why and when did you become a member of WILPF Ghana?
Keren: I became a member of WILPF in September 2016 because I like advocating for vulnerable women and children. I consider myself an advocate for gender equality and women empowerment.
What kind of peace actions are you involved in right now? And what are your future plans as a member of WILPF?
The peace action I’m involved in right now is sensitizing the public on the need to stop the proliferation of killer robots. My future plan as a WILPF member is to form my own foundation to support vulnerable women and children in Ghana.
What are the biggest issues for Ghanaian women today?
It is the lack of economic empowerment.
What is the most important advice you could give to young women in Ghana?
The most important advice I’ll give a young woman in Ghana is to have an education, get employable skills and be very innovative to be able to earn a decent income.
How can women in other parts of the world support you and other peace activists in Ghana?
They can support me and other Ghanaian peace activists through partnerships and collaborations in order to work towards a common goal and purpose.