Nana Oye Lithur

Nana Oye Lithur is a Ghanaian barrister and politician. She was the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in Ghana from 2013 to 2017,[1][2] appointed by President John Mahama after the Ghanaian general election. She is a member of the National Democratic Congress.[3][4]

Nana Oye Lithur
Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Ghana, speaking at Girl Summit 2014 (14724914435).jpg
Nana Oye Lithur at the Girl Summit 2014
Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection
In office
14 February 2013 – 8 December 2016
PresidentJohn Dramani Mahama
Preceded byFirst
Succeeded byOtiko Afisa Djaba
Personal details
Political partyNational Democratic Congress
SpouseTony Lithur [divorced]


She was educated at the Ridge Church School and Wesley Girls' High School. She received a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Masters in Law, Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.[5]

She has held the positions of executive director of the Human Rights Advocacy Centre as well as the Regional Coordinator (Africa Office) for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.[5] She has served as a member of the steering committee of the International Consortium on Medical Abortion and an advisory member of the International Consortium on Realising Reproductive Rights.[5]

Awards and honoursEdit

  • Recipient of the African Servant Leadership Award (2011)[6]
  • Champion of Women's Rights Award (2012)[7]
  • West African Women in Leadership Award for Distinguished Impact[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection". Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Glitz top 100 inspirational women – Page 100 – Glitz Africa Magazine". Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  3. ^ Gadugah, Nathan (1 February 2013). "Nana Oye Lithur and four other ministers approved". MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Nana Oye Lithur Approved by Appointments Committee". General news. Ghana Home Page. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "WHO | Biographies of the Commissioners". WHO. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Nana Oye Lithur: Deepening Human Rights Culture". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, Biography". Retrieved 18 January 2021.
Political offices
New title Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection
2013 – 2016