Beatrice Duncan

Rule of Law Advisor, UN Women
Beatirce Duncan
Beatrice currently serves as the Rule of Law Advisor (Justice and Constitutions) and Focal Point on Indigenous and minority Issues at UN women. She began her career in her native country, Ghana, as a gender and child law specialist, initially providing legal aid to indigent women and children through the Ghana Legal Aid Board, the Ghana Federation of International Women Lawyers and Women in Law and Development. While in Ghana, she also served as the Programme Officer for the Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative, a tripartite exercise between government, Civil Society and the World Bank.

Within the UN system, her work experience has been with UNICEF Ghana, as the first Chief of Protection, the African Centre for Gender and Social Development of the Economic Commission for Africa, as a Gender Advisor and UNICEF New York as a Human Rights Programming Specialist. She has supported law reform efforts in the fields of women’s land rights, inheritance, marital property and violence, while also engaging in research and policy development in the areas of women in agriculture, women’s land rights and harmful practices.

During her tenure at the UNECA she was responsible for the revision and roll out of the African Gender and Development Index and its accompanying African Women’s Report. At UN Women, she spearheads policy development in gender responsive constitution-making, leveling the law for women and girls and justice and security sector reforms. Her publications include "Changing Access Rights in Some Cocoa Growing Communities in Ghana", "Women in Agriculture in Ghana" and "Global Perspectives on Consolidated Children's Statutes". She is a product of the University of Ghana (LLB), Georgetown University (LLM) and Birmingham University (PhD).