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About Aya Institute

Advancing Gender Equality

The Aya Institute is an independent organisation which conducts research, training, and provides advisory services on Gender Equality across a number of themes.

Aya Institute is focused on a new path of maximising growth and promoting dignity in public and private sector institutions as well as the society at large through research that inform gender dynamics, and services that build gender aware systems in these institutions and areas.

Additionally, the Institute works within the political arena on candidates and campaigns; with Media institutions on gender responsive reporting and programming as well as gender sensitive content writing, review, and auditing; and within the workplace on diversity and inclusion, sustainable management, and human capital development. 

Our Vision
To be a pan -African knowledge Hub with global recognition for gender research, training, and advisory services towards gender equality.
Our Logo
Fern is English for Aya. Aya is also an ‘Adinkra’ which symbolises endurance and resourcefulness. The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary). For us, Aya (Fern) represents the story that gender advocacy has endured many adversities and outlasted much of same but there is an inexhaustible hope to overcome the difficulties in order to achieve the objectives of a gender equal and equitable society.
Our Mission
Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge research, provide training and advisory perspectives that promote the understanding of gender dynamics, strengthen the principle of gender equality, and transform society into an equitable one.

Our Practice

Promote the good in people. We do not overlook the power in galvanising good in the world towards doing good to humanity.
Do work for ourselves first. We do not discount our personal experiences of discrimination as women. We work for the world we want to live in and by extension for other women.

Aspire to build Lasting organisation. The work for gender equality truly never ends. We seek to build an organisation that will continue to contribute to this work.

Our Culture Code

Our culture code is underpinned by our shared beliefs, values and practices. Our shared beliefs serve as the torch that guide us in our work towards achieving gender equality in Ghana. Our values and practices set the parameters for how we work and what we do working towards gender equality.

Our Values

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Our Shared Beliefs

We believe that God created Males and Females Equal: The basis of equality is set in scripture which we believe is credible. "So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them"- Genesis 1 versus 27. Each one of us, male or female reflects the value God himself has. We are valued of God himself.
Do work that matters – Gloria Anzaldua. At Aya, we believe the work towards gender equality matters and it is an important one if we are to have a better, humane, peaceful, and prosperous world. Work that insists on fairness, equity, dignity and value for all matters. Again, we believe in making a difference, one of impact with our interventions and we are inspired and guided to undertake initiatives to “do work that matters’.
Ghana’s legal blueprint, the 1992 Constitution, and so across many parts of the world guarantees gender equality and freedom of women and men, girls, and boys from discrimination. 17 (1) All persons shall be equal before the law (2) A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status. Constitution 1992, Ghana
We see our work towards gender equality through the lens of the African Union on ‘Article 3 of the Protocol on Amendments of the Constitutive Act of the African Union’ which recognises the critical role of women in promoting inclusive development and the call “to ensure the effective participation of women in decision-making, particularly in the political, economic and socio-cultural areas.”