- International Disability Rights Advocate & PhD Candidate, College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont
Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie is a PhD candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program in the College of Education and Social Services in the University of Vermont. Sefakor’s personal experience as a woman from Ghana with a physical disability has shaped her journey as an advocate for children, women, and people with disabilities from around the globe. Her experiences include serving as an international disability rights advocate, educator, and policy analyst for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD), and as the Resource Center Coordinator of the Ghana Education Service. She has been a staunch supporter of inclusive education for people with disabilities and lobbied successfully with other advocates in Ghana for the establishment of the Disability Law (Act 715) of Ghana as well as the ratification of the UNCRPD. She has won so many International awards including the International Service Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Ford Foundation International Fellowship award and the International Alliance of Women (TIAW) award. Sefakor is the Founder of Enlightening and Empowering People with Disabilities in Africa (EEPD AFRICA). Her work represented an attempt to transform her experiences into a coherent intellectual critique, and, in the process, to make sense of the shortcomings and idiosyncrasies that underlie contemporary responses to human rights abuses in schools. In 2016, Sefakor was named the 6th most influential disabled person in the world. Sefakor also serves on so many boards including the World Learning Global Advisory Council, The High-Level Political Forum of UN (HLPF), The Presidents Commission on Inclusive Excellence (PCIE) of UVM, The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) board and the ADA Taskforce of UVM. Sefakor co-authored the book “Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook”. Finally, she is married with a son.