Rita Abla Dugbenu is a women empowerment advocate, researcher and a conflict and peace building enthusiast. She holds a Masters of Art in International Affairs and Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Art in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of Ghana, Legon. She currently serves as an Assistant Project Officer with the Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GENCED). GENCED, empowers women and youth for sustainable development through independent, non-partisan research and advocacy. The organization focuses on governance, social interface issues, peace and security. Rita has also undertaken a major research on “The role of ECOWAS in managing Post-election Crises: The case of Ivory Coast and The Gambia”. She also advocates for an end to child marriage and the creation of a safe space for adolescent girls to make informed decisions for themselves. Rita is actively engaged in community service, volunteerism and mentoring. She envisages a world devoid of cultural and structural barriers which hinders the active participation of women in all spheres, conflicts and a safe space for adolescent girls.