Ghanaian Youth Activist and Gender Advocate, Abena Dugan made history recently as she becomes the first Ghanaian and the first female from West Africa to serve as the Vice Chairperson for Partnership and Resources. She was elected as the New Vice Chair in charge of Partnership and Resources of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), the largest and most diverse youth-led organisation in the world, representing young people in 53 commonwealth countries on 29th June, 2018.
A former Students Representative Council (SRC) Secretary of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dugan is currently pursuing her Masters in Development Finance at the University of Ghana. Before the election, Dugan served as the Financial Coordinator for the Commonwealth Alliance for Young Entrepreneurs West Africa Chapter, a founding member of Climate Resilient Network and a member of the World Students Environmental Network.
She won the election in London as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in a close fitting contest. She has been given the responsibility of engaging 1.3 billion of the World’s young people in Global Issues.
Dugan has high hopes of making something good out of the position as she intends to seek for funding for entrepreneurship training and acquisition as well as getting enterprise finance support to tackle unemployment and also initiate Commonwealth Art movement to explore young artists and support for building climate resilient communities.