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Dr. Josephine Dawuni speaking to faculty and students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences during her guest lecture on the research she has conducted into contributions by African women judges, on June 18, 2018. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Simeon Sungi

On June 18, the USIU-Africa Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Criminal Justice and International Relations programs invited Dr. Josephine Dawuni, Assistant Professor of Political Science from Howard University, in Washington D.C., to give a talk related to her recently edited book titled “International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives”, published this year by Routledge.

Dr. Dawuni’s book expounds on the contributions of African women in international institutions, especially courts and tribunals, which she argues are always underreported and unexplored. Thus her research focused on demystifiying the Western narrative that gender parity is a result of pressure from donors through foreign aid.

Dr. Dawuni also spoke about her experiences as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) fellow, at the Faculty of Law in the University of Ghana. She emphasized how the research collaboration between African scholars in Africa and those in the diaspora, can produce empirically driven policies that could benefit the continent and empower Africans.