In 2012, a network of freethinkers was formed via social media and the first meeting of freethinkers in Ghana was organised in the country’s capital Accra, where it has been based ever since. The group then adopted the name “Freethought Ghana” as a social support group of freethinkers, atheists and agnostics which started off with 11 members and has grown exponentially to include Freethinkers from all over the world. It was from this group that the Humanist Association of Ghana was born.
The Organisation was registered in 2015 as Humanist Association of Ghana (Reg. No. CG149202015)
The Humanist Association of Ghana (HAG) is an organization of atheists/agnostics living in Ghana who subscribe to humanism as a life stance, fight to protect human rights & promote critical thinking. We believe we can create a better society through discussion and action based on science, reason and respect for human dignity.
HAG is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union – IHEU and International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organisation. HAG subscribes to the Amsterdam Declaration of 2002.
We follow in the footsteps of the Rational Center whose founder, Hope Tawiah, died on September 27, 2009.
We believe in building a society based on human dignity, compassion for all life and ethical values. We believe human beings have a right to determine their own lives and to find meaning based on human relationships and reason.
- To promote an ethical life based on reason and human values.
- To support human rights in the belief that all people are worthy of respect as long as they are not infringing on the rights or well-being of others.
- To promote science and critical thinking as the primary ways to understand the world.
- To transcend divisive loyalties based on race, religion, gender, politics, nationality, class and ethnicity.
- To support an open, pluralistic and diverse society.
- To support our secular state that guarantees freedom of religion for all.
- To provide a support network for those who have no religious beliefs or wish to question their own received assumptions
- To work with all individuals and organisations with whom we share common concerns.
- To promote the separation of religion and state