Director for Women, Gender and Development at the African Union (AU), Mrs. Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, has asked women in leadership positions to create opportunities for young women.
That, she believed, was the surest way to ensuring that they were properly mentored to take up leadership positions to make a difference in governance and development on the African continent.
“Women in high positions must ensure that they train more young women to attain positions or even succeed them when they are no more in power, to ensure that the legacy of great women live on,” she said.
Mrs. Wheeler was speaking at the opening of Young African Women Congress (YAWC) 2016, in Accra yesterday.
The YAWC is the flagship programme of the Excellent Leadership Group (ExLA Group), a local non-governmental organisation (NGO), committed to empowering young people.
The congress gathered about 400 young and educated women between the ages of 20 and 35 years across the African continent to discuss issues of women in leadership.
The five-day congress is on the theme, “The modern woman, leader, revising the status quo’; and focuses on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG5) and seeks to prepare the minds of the young African women to rise above limitations to play a participatory role in society.
Mrs. Wheeler encourage young women to be bold, confident and claim whatever belongs to them to enable them be the change they want to see in society.
She advocated effective ways to end maternal mortality among young women, saying “this must stop as too many women are losing their lives through unsafe delivery”.
Mr. Daniel Osei Tuffuor, Executive Director of ExLA group, stated that the congress was necessitated by the need to reiterate the role of African women in national development, re-assess the challenges of the African woman in climbing the professional ladder and evaluate the extent to which culture hinders women participation in leadership and the way forward.
“The congress will be featuring well renowned women leaders, educationists, feminist activists, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives across the African continent and Latin America,” he said.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey