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Afua Hirsch speaker

Afua Hirsch

London, UK

Social Affairs and Education Editor, Sky News (2014-present)

Former West Africa Correspondent, The Guardian (2011-14)

Barrister, and human rights activist

Afua Hirsch is a Ghanaian-British journalist, barrister and human rights activist. She speaks widely on current affairs, the media, the importance of diversity and justice.

Afua is currently the Social Affairs and Education Editor at Sky News. Prior to that, Afua was the West Africa correspondent for The Guardian, and was previously the newspaper’s legal affairs correspondent in the UK, where she also headed The Guardian Law website.

After receiving a degree in politics at the University of Oxford and a law degree, Afua practised law in criminal defence, public and international law. She also frequently publishes commentaries on a diverse range of subjects, and appears regularly in radio and TV broadcasts. Afua has also worked in development in 18 West African countries.

Our Comment

"Having lived in West Africa and worked in international development, law and journalism, Afua has particular expertise of the current affairs in that area. A confident speaker who tackles a wide range of issues, she believes that if people were more educated about what rights they do have, they would be better equipped to protect them. "

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