Abena is an ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) fellow at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she is completing her PhD in gender studies. Prior to her doctoral research, she was the country representative for the ECOWAS Mobility Research Project on gender and security at Ghana’s eastern Togolese border in Aflao, a project funded by the British Department for International Development (DFID). Her research interests are gender inequality and discrimination, masculinity, transnational feminism, development, migration and security.
Abena's research project at the Zukunftskolleg focuses on police intervention strategies for handling cases of domestic violence against women in Southern Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria. She uses the qualitative research methodology to examine how the masculine occupational culture of the Ghana Police Service and the Nigeria Police Force affects the domestic violence intervention process and its outcomes.