EGGP Launches YAWC As They Seek To Empower Women

ExLA Group Gender Programme (EGGP) has launched the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) in Accra at Airport View Hotel, which seeks to empower young women in Africa. The maiden edition is scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana on 4th – 8th July 2016 with the theme, “The Modern Woman Leader; Revising the Status quo”.

According to Mr. Daniel Osei Tuffuor, Executive Director of ExLA Group, “The progress of a nation cannot be recounted without a strong representation of femininity. It is the reason many nations, with the UN leading the fight, have made conscious efforts to include women in leadership”.

He explained that the YAWC 2016 focuses on SDG (Goal 5) and prepares the mind of the Young African woman to rise above limitations to play a participatory role in society. He stressed the desire of ExLA Group to see the congress push a positive agenda that will engineer real change in our societies with women in full participation. He ended his speech by affirming his belief in the YAWC team while calling on other stakeholders to partner the ExLA Group Gender Programme to make the congress a success.

Miss Maranatha Agyei Tiwaa, Director of ExLA Group Gender Programme (EGGP) in delivering the rationale for the programme stated; “We have reached a stage in the world where concentration on women development is vital towards our development as a continent. It is for this reason that YAWC seeks not to only gather reputable women as speakers and participants but also come out with tangible solutions to peculiar problems typically associated with women on the continent”. She stressed on the fact that YAWC 2016 will engage in follow up projects and programmes to implement strategies and remedies identified during the congress.

She further disclosed that YAWC 2016 will gather a pool of inspiring women to support the agenda of figuring out what some women can do with their lives, how to identify one’s self, deal with issues of abuse among a host of many others. The congress will bring together 450 participants, all women from across the continent between the ages of 20 and 30.These young educated women will be taken through plenary sessions, group discussions, career fair and a fun trip to the beautiful tourist sites in some parts of Ghana.

Ms Akosua Abdallah speaking on behalf of the Dep. Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dzifa Abla Gomashie affirmed her commitment to the YAWC initiative as a promoter.

“We have learnt over the years that for women to advance, democracy has to advance as well. But democracy requires more than an absence of discrimination. It requires good governance, which means sharing power in politics, economic, social life and public administration. Supporting women to participate more actively in economic, social and political life is key to reducing poverty and increasing the wellbeing of women and girls, their families and communities.

According to the World Bank, investing in the education of girls may yield a higher rate of return than any other investment. Investing in girls’ education is critical to achieving the MDGs. As an African educationist from our own home country, Ghana, once said, if you educate a man you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a community”, she maintained.

Dr. Mrs. Bettina Ama Boohene – Andah, Medical Director at Brainwave Health Consult Ltd., who chaired the occasion remarked, “YAWC has come at an opportune time when significant efforts are being made to consciously champion the agenda of women empowerment and gender equality on the continent”. She expressed delight at the unique approach adopted by the YAWC Team to engage renowned women leaders across the continent to provide a direct avenue for grooming young women for global leadership.

She intimated that YAWC should not just be as one of the numerous women conferences that provides a talking platform and ends with a white paper, but efforts should be made to convert resolutions arrived at the congress into projects.


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