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Isaac Aggrey is a Social Entrepreneur. He was born in 11 October 1977 to a family of four sisters in Ghana (formerly Gold Coast). He completed his Junior Secondary School at George Padmore in 1991.
He had his secondary school education at Aggrey Memorial Zion Secondary High and completed in 1994.
He then pursued engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, School of Mines (Now University of Mines and Technology) and completed in 1999.
He began his career as a teacher in 1999. He then served as a Manager in a Business firm in 2000. He joined a consulting company and became a trainer in 2002.
This made him a versatile consultant in the fields of Management, Leadership and Training. His ambition for further studies took him to South Africa where he started developing educational programmes for institutions and became a business consultant in 2004.
He started his own businesses and succeeded in a series of consultancies especially multinationals business mix in 2006.
He worked closely with the government and developed entrepreneurship development and support programmes for women in 2007. This led to his capacity building initiative for the United Nations as MDG 3 and was acknowledged for his efforts since 2007. After completing his Executive Development Programme with Stellenbosch University Business School, Aggrey was awarded with full scholarship to pursue International Executive MBA in Bled School of Management, Slovenia.
He is currently working with various international institutions on high level of performance in a variety of progressively responsible and challenging assignments.
Working as Community Board Member of the World Pulse roundtable will further enable me to ensure women voices are represented in the boardroom and to,
• Forge action plans for policies that benefit women in the boardroom.
• Place new issues on the development of women and ensure the attainment of MDG 3 by 2015.
• Strengthen the advocacy campaigns and the voice of marginalised women globally in the boardroom.
• Network and build strategic alliances with groups interested in building a more equitable world for all women.
• Raise more awareness on women issues globally and ensure the involvement of all in contact.
• Form men groups as allies to respond to the way men respond to women issues.
• Establish effective ways of documenting stories of abused women in the boardroom.
• Learn and provide new valuable capacity building skills - from research and training methods in the boardroom.
• Improve and strengthening relationships across women “movement” in the boardroom.
• Make linkages with others between issues and sectors towards an integrated approach for gender equality in the boardroom.
• Share, analyze and develop solutions for gender equality and social justice with other members in the boardroom.

Issues of giving women voice pose a big challenge in our community. One of the most resounding challenges has been challenging social norms and legislation, giving women the platform to voice their concerns.
It demanded therefore fresh thinking, perseverance and hard work for me and other women in organising Women’s Parliament Initiative in South Africa twice in secession to bring socio-economic transformation in South Africa. (Page 7 on the attached file – Women’s parliament)
I achieved this through trainings, campaign developments, public speaking, media coverage, testifying of victims and eventually succeeded with shifts in policies and legislations during Women’s Parliament initiative.
We now inspire respect within various communities in which we work and the community now understand how to recognize and respond to issues such as gender, race, religion, culture and politics within feminist perspective.

Thanks PulseWire for this innovative shift. This will go a long way to help attain the MDG's by 2015.

Please find attached my contribution for your review.

Kind regards.

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JaniceW's picture

Great to see you applying

Isaac,
You have made great contributions towards helping South African women voice their concerns, especially with the Women’s Parliament Initiative. Thank you for applying and supporting women from all over the world in their efforts to gain equal rights and opportunities. Good luck in your application and it's inspiring to see a man apply, especially one who is such a strong advocate for women. Best wishes,
Janice

isaac's picture

Thank you Janice

I am deeply honoured by your kind words . Thank you Janice. Wishing all the best of luck.

Isaac

jadefrank's picture

You are the first to apply!

Hi Isaac,

I posted your application as text in your journal so that all the community can easily read your vision. I hope that's okay! You have been an active member of PulseWire for some time now, and your contributions both to our community and to the women's movement are phenomenal. It's men like you who are integral to mainstreaming gender equality. You are an inspiration!

I also wanted to share this recent article with you about Jimmie Briggs, a man like yourself who is dedicated to the women's movement. He will be in South Africa this summer with his Man Up Campaign to train young men and women on non violent practices. Read the article and find out more here: http://www.worldpulse.com/magazine/columns/through-his-eyes/the-uncomfor...

In friendship,
Jade

isaac's picture

Amazing!

Thanks Jade. This serves to confrm that, I am not alone in this struggle. I feel I have a twin brother in the house. I am energised more than ever and I read with my adrenaline rising to its height.

I have made contact with him and hopefully connect him with the women in South Africa. Thanks very much for this information.

Wishing you all the best.

Isaac

Hi Issac,

So glad that you read the article on Jimmie Briggs and reached out! You might want to consider applying to facilitate a
workshop at the Young Leaders Summit in Johannesburg this July. Check it out!

Learn more about the summit: http://manupcampaign.org/yls

Apply to lead a workshop: http://manupcampaign.org/get-involved/175

Warm regards,
Jade

isaac's picture

Awesome!

Thanks Jade for all the info. I am in Europe currently and would not be able to offer my assistance. Meanwhile I would reach out to my networks and spread the news.

Best regards

Isaac

SpiraSpera's picture

So awesome!

Isaac - So great to see you applying!

You offer many great goals toward which to work. Your views are appreciated!

Thanks so much!
-S

isaac's picture

RE

I am humbled by your kind words Spira.

Thanks

Isaac

gillianpar's picture

Thank you for your application

and sorry for my not seeing that you were the first to apply...congratulations and thank you for getting the ball rolling on this terrific opportunity. and thank you for all you do on behalf of women...we are sadly lacking our proper percentage in the Boardroom. Here in the US, of the Fortune 500 companies, less than 15% of the board members are women.
We can do a lot better everywhere around the world.

isaac's picture

RE

Thanks very much for the info. I am beginning to learn a lot from all these experiences. Women must be given the opportunity to occupy high positions to foster growth and development for all.

Best regards.

Isaac

Riruta UW Empowerment Programme's picture

Re:You're an inspration

Isaac, I wish we had many like you who shove aside their male chauvinism for the sake of equality. Your passion for gender equality goes without saying. Thanks a lot.

Anne Khadudu Baraza,
CEO- Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme
+254 729880651/ 020 2602803
!27-00502 Karen, Nairobi Kenya

isaac's picture

RE

It feels good to be here and I am deeply humbled by your motivation.

Best regards.

Isaac

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