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Nana Oye Lithur has been appointed Minister of State responsible for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for the government of Ghana. Previously, she served as regional coordinator for Africa at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. She has conducted extensive research and advocacy on governance, reproductive and political rights of women, and coordinated projects on human rights. She is presently an advisory member of the International Consortium on Realising Reproductive Rights and a member of the steering committee of the International Consortium on Medical Abortion. She is an executive member of the International Freedom of Information Advocates Network, the Africa Freedom Of Information Centre, an advisory member of the R3M Advisory Committee, Ghana and the Coalition on the Donorship to Ownership project with the Planned Parenthood Association, Ghana. Nana Oye holds an LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, and a Masters in law (LLM) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.