The Young Africa Women Congress (YAWC) 2016 took place in Accra, Ghana and also marked the maiden edition of the annual event under the theme, “The Modern Woman Leader; Revising the Status quo”.

The congress sought to empower young women in Africa to play participatory roles in the development of Africa. Lasting a 5-day span, from Sunday 18th to Thursday 22nd December, 2016, the congress featured over 20 accomplished women leaders of diverse backgrounds across the globe who took participants through various sessions including panel discussions, group discussions and career fair among others.

There were also keynote presentations and personal perspectives on specific issues of women development shared by various special guest speakers to ensure a complete discourse which encompassed important discussions of the women empowerment agenda.

The third day of the congress was fully dedicated to a tour of two monumental sites in the central region as a way of promoting African tourism.

Speakers for the 2016 congress included Ms. Mahawa Kaba Wheeler (Director, Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) of African Union Commission (AUC)), Dr. Erieka Bennett (Head of Missions, Diaspora African Forum); Ms. Comfort Lamptey, Regional Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security for West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) – UN Women, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo among others.

The maiden congress scheduled to take place from 18th – 22nd December, 2016 is a fully packaged 5 Day Congress with various phases and sessions carefully constructed to yield maximum impact. Below is a full draft of the outline for the congress.

YAWC 2016 CONGRESS OUTLINE. 

Click here to download in pdf full outline, various activities and category speakers

DAYACTIVITIESDURATION
1. SUNDAY 18TH DECReporting and Registration
Supper
Movie Night
1:00pm–5:00pm
6:00pm–7:00pm
7:00pm–9:00pm
2. MONDAY 19TH DECFitness for Health
Breakfast
Opening Ceremony:
• Opening Prayer
• Musical Performance
• Solidarity Messages (Diplomatic corps in Ghana)
• Remarks
(Grater Accra Regional Minister, Republic of Ghana)
• Remarks by
(Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Republic of Ghana)
• Poetry recitation

• Keynote Address by Mahawa Kaba Wheeler
(Director for Women, Gender & Development, AU)
“The Modern Woman Leader; Revising the status quo”
Guest of Honour: Wife of the Vice President of Ghana

Lunch Break
Presentation: Ms. Anna Bossman
Director, Integrity and Anti-Corruption
Department (IACD)
African Development Bank (AfDB)
“The Role of Women in the Justice System”

Panel Discussion- Violence Against Women and Girls
Group Session
Supper
Panel Discussion- Women and Reproductive Health Issues
Group Session
5:00am - 5:45am
7:00am-8:00am
9:00am-12:00pm














12:00pm - 01:00pm
01:00pm-1:30pm




01:30pm-03:10pm
03:10pm-05:00pm
05:00pm-06:00pm
06:30pm-08:00pm
08:00pm-09:30pm
3. TUESDAY 20TH DECFitness for Health
Breakfast
Presentation: A Representative from UN Women,
Ms. Comfort Lamptey
[Regional Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security for West and Central Africa
Regional Office (WCARO) – UN Women]
“Assessing Women in Development; Post Beijing Conference In-Retrospect”


Career fair (Groups)

Personal Perspectives:



Lunch Break
Personal Perspective:

Group Session
Presentation: “Women in Enterprising Ventures; Twists and Turns”

Panel Discussion- Economic Empowerment, Investment & Entrepreneurship
Supper
Presentation: Ms. Dinah Musindarwezo
(Executive Director- FEMNET Africa)
“Bridging the Mentorship gap between women of different generations”


Panel Discussion- Women and Politics
Variety Night & Cultural Display.
05:00am-05:45pm
07:00am-08:00am
08:30am- 9:10am






9:10am - 10:500am

10:50am-12:00pm



12:00pm-12:50pm
12:50pm-01:30pm

01:30pm-03:00pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm

03:30pm-05:00pm
4. WED 21ST DECFun Trip/Excursion
Central Region of Ghana
The whole day.
5. THUR 22ND DECFitness for Health
Breakfast
Presentation: “The Role of Women in the Justice System”
Group Presentations
Closing Ceremony
Lunch
DEPARTURE
05:00am-05:45pm
07:00am-08:00am
08:00am-09:00am
09:00am-11:00am
11:00am-12:30pm
12:30pm-13:30pm
13:30pm