Ghana Queen Mothers
Professor Irene Korkoi Odotei of the Institute for Research, Advocacy and Training speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected members of a council of Queen Mothers in Accra, Ghana on 23 June 2015. A queen mother is a traditional female leader, drawn from the relevant chiefly lineage, who is responsible for women's and children's issues in particular. Though often widely respected and sometimes powerful, especially in matrilineal ethnic groups, their authority is subject to a male chief. After being suppressed during the colonial era, the role of queen mother is being revived in Ghana and is seen by many as a force for development. Prof. Odotei has been instrumental in spearheading this revival.