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To lay the groundwork for how Cornell students might work with Ghanaians — especially women — in the near future, eight students and a professor spent 10 days in Ghana over winter break, talking to women in more than eight locations about their concerns and hopes for their communities.

The students, who were affiliated with either Big Red Relief, a humanitarian group that promotes global issues on campus, or Cover Africa, which focuses on malaria prevention, traveled Jan. 9-19 with N’Dri Therese Assie-Lumumba, professor of Africana studies. They worked in conjunction with Voices of African Mothers (VAM), a nongovernmental organization that focuses on women’s education and empowerment as a route to African nation development. VAM, said Assie-Lumumba, works in various capacities with the United Nations.

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