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Irene Owusu-Poku is a public health professional in Ghana with a passion for sustainable development, gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Irene is the National Programme Coordinator of The Golden Line Programme in Ghana. The Golden Line was launched in 2016 by Simavi, Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs to contribute to economic and social empowerment of women in and around artisanal and small-scale gold mines (ASM) in Ghana and Tanzania. This 5-year programme is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aims to improve women’s working conditions and their economic position within gold mines. The Golden Line also works on increasing the ability of women in mining communities to engage in economic activities by improving their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and their access to and control over resources.
Prior to her work with The Golden Line, Irene has managed mining and health related projects in both the private and public sector in positions with Gold Fields Ghana Limited and the Ministry of Health. Cumulatively, Irene as over 15 years of work experience.
Irene has a Master of Philosophy in Health Promotion from the University of Bergen in Norway, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health from Catholic University College of Ghana and a Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences from Accra School of Hygiene, Ghana. Irene is currently pursuing an MBA from Accra Business School, Ghana.