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GEIG to host “I am differently abled” on March 12

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG returns the first installment of the 2016 “Women Who Inspire Us” series. As part of GEIG mission to advocate for and on behalf of inclusive education and inclusive development, the program titled “I am differently abled” will introduce attendants to women who live with and/or encounter disability on a regular basis. The program is being organized by GEIG in partnership with the department of social work-office of placement, and the office of disability services, University of Ghana-Legon, Aim Higher Africa, and Patriots Ghana.

The program is scheduled for on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

The speakers are as follow:


Farida Bedwei – Ghanaian software engineer, Co-founder & Chief Technical Officer at Logiciel – developed cerebral palsy (caused by abnormal development or damage to the brain that controls movement, balance and posture) at 10 days old.


Elizabeth Patterson – Founder/Executive Director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG & 2015 Vlisco Ambassador – was involved in an auto accident at age eighteen which resulted in a traumatic brain injury leading to limited mobility in her left arm and leg.


Peace Hyde – TV Presenter, Forbes West Africa Correspondent & Founder of Aim Higher Africa – was diagnosed in high school with dyslexia (a learning disorder that makes it difficult to learn, read and understand written language).


Mary Amoah – a former teacher and an advocate for people with communication disabilities, her only daughter who has autism.

The speakers will also engage in breakout sessions with the participants in groups to reflect on their lives and experiences.

“I am differently abled” will be held at the Department of Social Work & Office of Disability Studies, University of Ghana. The time is 10 am to 2 pm.

For details on “Women Who Inspire Us” series as well as GEIG and it’s programming, visit or

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