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Joseph Wemakor

Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG)
Executive Director
Accra, Ghana
Joseph Wemakor is a multiple award-winning freelance journalist, a blogger and ardent online news editor. He also doubles as a human rights activist, a youth leader, a climate change proponent and a sustainable development goals advocate in Ghana.

He has over a decade of experience in journalism and strongly believes in using his platform to bring about change and give a voice to Ghanaian minorities.

Joseph is also the Head, Media and Communication at the PLO Lumumba Foundation, Ghana Chapter as well as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Greater Accra Regional Youth Network (GARYN).

In line with his passion as a human rights activist, Joseph set up the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG). This is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) which seeks to promote, defend and bring an end to human rights abuse against women, girls, children and persons living with disability including the marginalized in the society both within and out of Ghana. He also leads HRRG in the capacity of Executive Director and currently working assiduously to impart knowledge on human rights to the Ghanaian populace. 

Mr Wemakor has worked extensively and volunteered to promote the SDGs and human rights, create awareness on climate change and steer youth affairs on many platforms and levels with several International and local organizations including the Diplomatic Office of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), UNFPA, UNDP and under the US Peace Corps Volunteers program mong others.

He is an accredited member of several organizations both local and foreign including the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Network of Journalists, Media Migration Network (MMN), Coalition of People Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (COPASH), the Media and Communication Advocacy Network (MCAN), the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), Amnesty International Ghana Chapter, Global Network of Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights at Law Forum(HRALF) and the CSOs Platform on SDGs.

Mr Wemakor is sophisticated and widely connected and has represented Ghana on several platforms both locally and internationally in a bid to chart a common front for the youth and humanity.  In October 2019, he was part of 19 journalists who were selected from all over Africa by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and the IPCC to receive skills training and knowledge about climate change in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia including a business forum in Casablanca, Morrocco in October 2018 and also attended a represented a youth leadership training forum held in the United States of America. He is a fellow of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism Program (BMIA).