In the Ghanaian legal professional arena, significant changes have occurred over the years, which I think will go a long way to redefine it for the benefit of all, especially our young women.
The track record, coupled with their diverse experience and expertise of some women in the law, make them outstandingly unique so far as their progress is concerned.
Based on that, they have been able to make it to the list of top ten lawyers (female) in the country at the moment.
The first personality at the heart of this very discussion is Henrietta Joy Abena Mensa-Bonsu.
She is also currently a Professor of Law and Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law, Legon.
She was a member of the competent committee that investigated and reported on the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.
Justice Henrietta Joy Abena Mensa-Bonsu is happily married to Kwaku Mensa-Bonsu, and blessed with three children, coupled with five grandchildren and foster children.
She is proudly an old student of Wesley Girls' Senior High School and alumnus of University of Ghana School of Law.
2. Gloria Akuffo
Born on December 31, 1954 in Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana), Gloria Akuffo served as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General (from 2001 to 2005), Deputy Greater-Accra Regional Minisiter (from 2005 to 2006), Minisiter of Aviation (from 2006 to 2008), Ambassador to Ireland in 2008 as well as the Attorney General and Minisiter for Justice (Ghana) from 2017 to 2020.
Akuffo is the Head of Litigation Affairs at Blay and Associates.
Prior to that, she was the Founding Partner of Owusu-Yeboa, Akuffo and Associates (a renowned Ghanaian law firm).
3. Amanda Akuorkor Clinton
Amanda Akuorkor Clinton is a renowned legal practitioner with special interest in Commercial Law and Crisis Management.
She still remains in the service books of Ghana Attorney General Office, when she excellently handled a case involving Cosmos Oil Company and Oil Spill in 2010, for a period of three and half years, as an employee.
Amanda is the Chief Executive Officer of Bitcoin Exchange Africa and the Founding Partner of The Law Office of Clinton Consultancy.
She currently holds the record as the first female to contest for the position of Ghana Football Association President.
Clinton is a member of the English Bar Association.
She holds a Master's Degree in African Politics from the University of London, United Kingdom.
4. Nana Oye Lithur
Among the Awards she has been honoured with include: African Servant Leadership Award (2011), Champion of Women's Rights (2012) and West African Women in Leadership Award for Distinguished Impact.
She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Regional Coordinator for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (Africa Chapter) and Minisiter for Gender, Children and Social Protection from 2013 to 2016.
In the local and International leadership arenas, Nana Oye Lithur has served as an Advisory Member of the International Consortium on Realising Reproductive Rights, and as well served as a member of the Steering Committee of International Consortium on Medical Abortion.
Nana is an old student of Ghana's prestigious Wesley Girls'Senior High School; and an alumnus of University of Ghana, Legon and University Pretoria, South Africa.
5. Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Born on March 22, 1953 in Gold Coast, Lawyer Betty Mould-Iddrisu served as the 20th Attorney General and Minisiter for Justice (Ghana) from 2009 to 2011, Minister for Education from 2012 to 2012, and as well served as the Head of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, United Kingdom.
She is happily married to Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, former Defense Minisiter of Ghana.
She had her secondary education at Achimota School and Accra Academy.
Subsequently, she obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Ghana; and a Master's Degree from London School of Economics.
6. Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante
She is one of the youngest and most eloquent legal practitioners we have in the country now.
Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante has a deeper interest and expertise in Corporate Governance, Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property.
She has had the opportunity to practice law at Scarlett Macaw Legal Practitioners, JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, Fresh Fields Bluckhaus Derringer and NCTM Milan.
She is currently the Acting Director of the National Folklore Board.
Lawyer Asante holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from KNUST, Professional Law Degree from University of Ghana School of Law, Certificates in Sustainable Dispute Resolution and International Anti-Corruption from University of Milan and Master's Degree in Gender, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre, Accra, Ghana.
7. Hilary Gbedemah
Born on October 1, 1953 in Gold Coast, Hilary Gbedemah is the former rector of Ghana Law Institute, and has since 2013 been a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Lawyer Hilary holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon; Master of Laws from Georgetown University, Washington, United States; Certificate in International Humanitarian Law from Henri Dunant Institute, Geneva; and a Diploma in Leadership and Advocacy from Washington's Georgetown University.
8. Marietta Brew Appiah-Mensah
She is currently an Honorary Council Member of the Ghana Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Advisors (GARIA), and as well serving on the Court of Arbitration of the International Chambers of Commerce on a three-year contract.
She initially practised law at Fugar & Co., and climbed to become a Senior Partner at Lithur Brew and Co.
In the Ghanaian governance arena, Henrietta rose to become the country's Attorney General and Minisiter for Justice from 2013 to 2017.
She was also a Board Member of the Volta River Authority and a Member of the Ghana at 50 Commission of Enquiry.
She is proudly an old student of St. Roses Senior High School (Akwatia), and an alumnus of University of Ghana School of Law, Ghana School of Law (Makola) and Institute of Social Studies, Hague, Netherlands.
9. Sarah Adwoa Safo
Her two-year service period at the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) cannot be overemphasized.
She played an exceptional role in formulating proposals that particularly formed the foundation for creating the Appeals and Complaint Panel of PPA.
She is also the brain behind the changing of the name from Public Procurement Board (PPB) to Public Procurement Authority.
Adwoa Safo formerly practised law at Kulendu at Law and Zoe, Akyea & Co Law Firms in Ghana; and Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Washington DC, United States.
She was also a Mediator of the Mediation Committee of the Legal Aid Board of Ghana.
Currently, Lawyer Adwoa Safo is the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya Constituency and Minisiter of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana.
She is an alumnus of the University of Ghana School of Law and George Washington University.
10. Jean Adukwei Mensa
Prior to her appointment as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana in 2018, she was the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Ghana.
She is well-known for her exceptional contributions toward the strengthening of Ghana's sectoral institutions and her entire democratic environment.
Before she even joined IEA, she served as a Junior Legal Practitioner at Amarteifio Chambers and BJDa Rocha Chambers.
Jean Mensa is proudly an old student of St. Mary's Senior High School, and an alumnus of University of Ghana School of Law.
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