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Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie - Tegbui-Keta, Ghana

Submitted by Nathaniel Dawson - Cape Coast/Keta Ghana

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She is a true agent for a change.

Sefakor is a Ghanaian woman with a physical disability, but her weak legs are far overshadowed by her strong will, passion, intelligence and perseverance. She is a Ford Foundation International Fellow and always trying to make a change in her own special way against all odds. Sefakor won the World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowship Award in the USA as well as the World of Difference 100 Awards organized by the International Alliance of Women in Washington DC. She is an educator, an advocate, a policy analyst and a writer. Based on her experience and expertise, she initiated new ideas in her home country Ghana. She helps people with disabilities to live an independent life  in our community, Nsawam.

A typical example is using the media these days to have a nation wide Advocacy Campaign for Accessible School Environment for People with Disabilities in Ghana and Africa as a whole. Based on this intiative, she networked with organizations, especially The Wawa Project in the USA, to come down to Ghana to help retrofit a school in our community to serve  as a model school for people with disabilities with the focus on Universal Design. This is a very remarkable thing in my sight since she always tries to make a positive impact on the community in which she lives.

Sefakor, with her expertise, also established and furnished the Resource Center in the Ghana Education Office in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality to promote education. She was also the brain behind the course on Dismantling Disability in World Learning-SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, USA.

She uses her policy and advocacy skills to influence national policies. In her community, she voluntarily mobilized local PWDs, especially women, to demand change. Presently, she founded the NGO, Enlightening and Empowering People with Disabilities in Africa (EEPD AFRICA) through which she is using the media campaigning. Indeed, Sefakor is a change agent whose potential appears to be unlimited. 

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.

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