As part of activities marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Dufour Foundation is celebrating one of the few Ghanaian women who have excelled in the sciences, Mrs. Kakra Duffuor Nyarko, Ghana’s First and only Female Actuary.
She obtained both her ordinary and advanced level certificates at the Ghana International School majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. Then a B.Sc. (Hons) First Class Degree in Economics from University of Warwick (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science with distinction as well as an MSc. in Actuarial Management from the prestigious Cass Business School, City University (London, UK). She has acquaintances with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK) as well as of the Actuarial Society of Ghana.
With her rich background in Actuary, Mrs. Duffuor-Nyarko has worked in and contributed remarkably to the Insurance and Actuarial Consulting Industry for over ten years now. She is currently, the Executive Director and Chief Actuary at Starlife Assurance Company Ltd, an indigenous Company well known for rolling out award winning life insurance solutions for diverse groups.
An actuary is responsible for determining rates dealing with mortality, sickness, accidents, disability and retirement to forecast future risks and evaluate how these predictions will affect various aspects of insurance. Actuaries also help insurance companies deal with payment and coverage issues, engage in consulting work as well as assist companies with statistical requirements and policy construction.
The United Nations observes 11 February each year as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This Day is to celebrate the world’s efforts in getting more women to study and work in science-related fields. Evidence all over the world shows disparaging equalities between males and females pursuing science-related courses and careers. This is attributable to a flawed notion that science is too difficult and complex for girls and women to understand or excel in, hence women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in the subject. However, the global community has gained some triumph over the past 15 years in pushing many more girls into these fields and celebrating women who are effecting change using science acquired skills.
Duffuor Foundation proudly celebrates Madam Kakra Duffour as blazing torch in the effort to inspire change and encourage more women to boldly take up the sciences.
On the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, her message to parents, communities and governments, is for all to appreciate and continuously endorse the unshaken ability of girls and women to study and excel in science related courses and careers. To young girls who have any inkling to study any science subject, dispel the notion that science is difficult. Go right ahead and boldly pursue it, put in all your efforts and commitment and you will surely excel and contribute to society as you want!
“On this International Day, I urge all parents, communities and governments to appreciate and continuously endorse the unshaken ability of girls and women to study and excel in any science related field and ably pursue careers in these fields.
To young girls who have any inkling to study any science subject, dispel that notion that science is difficult! Go right ahead and boldly pursue it, put in all your efforts and commitment and you will surely excel and contribute to society as you want!”