Rita Nketiah is a second-generation Ghanaian-Canadian currently completing her PhD research in Critical Human Geography at York University, with a focus on second-generation immigrant transnationalism among young adults of Ghanaian origin. She completed two previous degrees (Honours Bachelors and Masters) in Women and Gender Studies from Western University and the University of Toronto, respectively.
Rita is currently an advisory board member for the Sankofa Initiative (ISDAO), a new LGBT fund supporting activists in West Africa. She also has over ten (10) years of experience of feminist activism and scholarship with a focus on Black/African women’s empowerment, anti-racism and Pan-Africanist movement-building. Rita has had the opportunity to work for several international development agencies including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF HQNY) and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) as a Gender Research consultant. She is also a creative writer, publishing in online spaces, such as This Is Africa (TIA) and Pambazuka. Rita has joined the African Women’s Development Fund as the Knowledge Management Specialist.