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Monday, 11 March 2019

Guardians of the Ethic: Bring in the Commander, Wrangle in the Troops





By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Within the West African Humanist Network, we come to the lovely announcement of the appointment of the intelligent, talented, and ethical Roslyn Mould, who brings a long track record of activism on behalf of the humanist and secular community, internationally, and nationally, in Ghana, and throughout the continent of Africa, too.

This is a well-earned appointment, where Mould is the former President of the Humanist Association of Ghana and the former Chair of the African Young Humanists Working Group.

Mould's role as the Coordinator of the West African Humanist Network will be in line with the leadership and administrative roles taken by Mould in previous stations on behalf of the humanist and the secular community. Her work is intended to construct more of the humanist base in West Africa than before. Bearing in mind, she has had an impact and continues to advance the principles of humanism in multiple domains of the region.

In 2012, there was a discussion around the issue of a humanist network within Africa. However, little got done in the interim in order to build this foundation for the network. The network, as an idea, remains important akin to Humanists International and Young Humanists International with the emphasis on coordination at the international level - let's call it Tier 1 - for the regions of the world, say Tier 2, and the nation-states - let's call them Tier 3 - with organizations within them who represent officially, or claim to represent in principle, the humanist message.

Of course, Tier 4 would imply provinces, territories, and states. Tier 5 would imply locales and municipalities. A clean set of representation for various levels of the humanist community. The Network would help at the level of Tier 2 with coordination between Tier 1 and Tier 3.

Mould will work to build strategize and coordinate humanist efforts with humanist organizations and human rights organizations. The purpose is to further common objectives and common goals.

Mould opined, "I am excited to be taking on a new role as the coordinator of the West African Humanist Network. We all need to work together to achieve positive and progressive change in Africa. I look forward to collaborating with other humanist individuals and organizations to promote the values of humanism, human rights, and critical thinking."
Dr. Leo Igwe, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, stated, "We are most delighted that Ms. Mould will be devoting her experiences and talents to developing the sub-regional network and to fostering the growth and flourishing of humanism and secular values in West Africa. With only a handful of active humanist organizations in the ECOWAS member states, Ms. Mould surely has her job cut out for her. We look forward to working with her and supporting her to succeed in her new role."
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.
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Image Credit: Roslyn Mould.

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