The programme would focus on equipping young women to go above their limitations and play a participatory role in society.
It is also designed to nurture the young African woman for active leadership that will promote their personal growth as well as national development.
Dubbed ‘Young African Women Congress 2016’, it would come off from July 4 to 8 at the University of Ghana (UG) in Accra under the theme, “The modern woman leaders revising the status quo.”
Speaking to the Ghanaian Times in an interview yesterday, Daniel Osei Tuffuor, Executive Director of EXLA Group, said “ we indentify with empowering women since they possess abundant potential that could transform society for the better.”
He said for African countries to accelerate development, there was the need for women to be empowered to function effectively as they remained major stakeholders in the quest for growth.
“Our failure to empower women on the continent has been the reason for our failure to progress,” he stressed.
According to him, the congress would seek to address issues relevant to women and leadership on the continent adding that the maiden edition of this annual congress would focus on creating among women the spirit of leadership and strong social perception.
He noted that issues to be considered included ‘Women and Leadership Development’, ‘Economic Empowerment’, ‘Reproductive Health’, ‘Social Empowerment’, ‘Investment and Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Violence against women’.
The facilitators, according to Mr. Tuffuor, would include accomplished and experienced African and Latin American women leaders in the educational sector, corporate executives, feminist activists and entrepreneurs.
He said the specific objective for the project was to reiterate the role of African women in national development and re-access the challenges of the African woman in climbing the professional ladder.
He said it would also offer the platform to evaluate the extent to which culture hinders women participation in leadership and the way forward as well as measure women participation in governance and politics.
The Executive Director stressed that the congress would also highlight landmark achievements of the African woman, challenging the young African woman for entrepreneurial exploits.
He said a document would be prepared from resolutions and practical solutions would be outlined with major stakeholders for implementation and policy amendments at the end of the workshop to strive towards empowering the African woman.
By Claude Nyarko Adams