Rhoda Wedam

2021 Fellow from Ghana

Rhoda Kadoa Wedam has more than five years of experience with social enterprises. She is the founder of the Song-Ba Empowerment Center in the Northern Region of Ghana, focusing on supporting women and girls who lack formal education and travel to urban areas to work as porters (kayayo). Through the center, the women and girls receive paid training in skills that will help them earn a better living. The center also gives rural girls sustainable menstrual hygiene training and reusable sanitary pads to help them manage their menses while in school. Rhoda holds a bachelor's degree in Integrated Community Development from the University for Development Studies in Ghana. Rhoda is committed to serving women and girls in Ghana. At the 2018 Africa Youth Summit in Accra, she won an award as the overall best female Sustainable Development Goals achiever in Africa. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Rhoda plans to create at least one empowerment center in each of Ghana's 16 regions so that she can reach more women and girls with her projects. It is Rhoda's dream to see every woman and girl in Ghana ignite her desire for change from within.

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