Vera Hayibor graduated from the University of Ghana with B.A History and Theatre Arts (upper second class) in 2014. She worked as a research/ personal assistant for the member of parliament of the Ho West constituency of the parliament of Ghana. Through research, she came up with an annual quiz program for the Ho West constituency basic schools, which changed tremendously the educational performance in the constituency. She is an alumnus of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Youth Leadership Training Programme) in Ghana. After participation in the Programme in 2014, she applied for her masters degree.
She started her master’s at the University of Strathclyde in 2015, on the LLM International Law and Sustainable Development program. For her thesis, she went to Uganda for a three-month field dissertation on the topic ‘Has Poverty a Feminine Face? The Impact of Labour Laws on the Role of Women in Fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goal Number One: A Case Study of Uganda’. This earned her a Master of Laws in International Law and Sustainable Development (with merit) in 2017. Her master’s thesis has been published on the challenge’s worldwide website: https://challengesworldwide.com/analysis-of-impact-of-labour-laws-on-economic-rights-of-ugandan-women/
After her masters, Vera co-founded a social enterprise known as Cosy Students. This sustainable project aimed at working with Further Higher Education Institutions (FHEI), students and organisations to promote re-use and responsible consumption in Scotland. This project was up and running in the University of Strathclyde from 2017 to 2018 in the Student Union building, until immigration challenges brought its operation to an abrupt halt.
Vera is currently a PhD law student at the University of Glasgow Law School and excited to be on the Work on Demand research team. She believes that the economic empowerment of women, which can be secured through laws, can help solve the global economic crisis; thus, her interest in labour law. She is certain that most global problems can be solved through research.