The Young African Women Congress (YAWC) is open to young women aspiring for leadership at various fields of endeavour aged 18 – 40 years old, who demonstrate some level of commitment and enthusiasm to champion the agenda for women empowerment on the African continent.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  •  Age (18-40 years)
  • English language proficiency
  • Commitment to positively impact Africa, their own countries as well as communities
  • Commitment to serve the development agenda for women on the African continent
  • Demonstrable commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5)
  • Apply online after paying the registration fee of GH₵500.00 for applicants resident in Ghana or US$125 for applicants non-resident in Ghana.

NB: Young African Women are eligible to participate in the Congress.

Mode of Payment

Applicants resident in Ghana must pay registration/participation fee of GHȻ500.00 into ExLA Group’s Stanbic Bank Account or into our official mobile money account.

Bank Account Details
Account Name: Excellent Leadership Group (ExLA Group)
Account number: 9040000071530
Bank: Stanbic Bank
Branch: Accra Main Branch

Mobile Money Account Details
Account Name: Daniel Osei Tuffuor
Account Number: 0246489782
Network: MTN (Mobile Money)

Applicants resident in other countries must pay the registration/participation fee of US$125 through VISA or PayPal.

NB: Registration to participate in the congress will be accepted from an applicant only after notification of payment.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

We recommend printing these instructions to help you prepare your responses ahead of time and referring to them while completing the application.

GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS

  • Applying to participate in the YAWC 2017 is via an online application. You will need access to a computer and the internet to apply. Only applicants who fully complete the online application process will be considered.
  •  If you do not finish your application in one session. You may save your work and return later to continue working on your application as many times as necessary until completion. Please note the deadlines stipulated for the application/registration applies strictly.
  •  Answer all questions on the application in English.
  • Questions that require response are marked with an asterisk (*). Questions that are not marked with an asterisk are OPTIONAL.

ONLINE APPLICATION SECTIONS

The application is comprised of six (6) steps.

  1. Personal Details and Contact Information
  2.  Education and Languages
  3. Employment
  4. Group Discussion Session Selection
  5. Career Session Selection
  6. Personal Statements
  7. Supplemental Questions
  8. Submit

STEP 1: PERSONAL DETAILS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

  1.  Please provide your First Name as it appears on your birth certificate, passport or national identification card.
  2. Provide your Surname or Family name as it appears on your birth certificate, passport or national identification card.
  3. Provide any other given name(s).
  4. Please provide an email address which you check regularly as this will be the primary mode of contacting you.
  5. Please fill in your primary phone number. It will be a major means through which the team will contact you.
  6. Provide an alternative phone number (if you have one) where we can reach you in case we cannot reach you on your primary phone number. This could be a parent, spouse, other family member, or work phone number.
  7. If you use WhatsApp, please check yes and indicate the phone number to which your account is associated. This is optional.
  8. If you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account, please check yes and indicate your handles. Note that this is optional.
  9. Please fill in your Postal Address (P.O. Box number), if you have one.
  10. Please provide your Date of Birth by selecting the year, month, and day on the pop up calendar or using the format (YYYY-MM-DD).
  11. Please state your Nationality.
  12. Please state your current place and Country of Residence. (E.g. Accra – Ghana)
  13. Please note that, all applicants non-resident in Ghana are required to have a passport in order to travel to Ghana. You will be required to fill in the number, country of issue, and date of expiration of your passport.
  14. Ghanaian applicants resident in Ghana will be required to fill in the ID number or Passport number and date of Issue of their ID Cards or Passport. Non-Ghanaian Applicants resident in Ghana will be required to do same with their passports.

STEP 2: EDUCATION AND LANGUAGES

Education

Please tell us about your educational background. Indicate your highest level of education completed, and your Course of Study, Name of Institution, Year of Completion. Please also indicate if you are currently enrolled in school/college/university. While the YAWC programme values a person’s education, there is no minimum level of education or minimum grade required for participation in the programme.

Languages

English language proficiency is required for participation in the YAWC 2017. All activities will be conducted in English, including Keynote Addresses, Plenary Sessions, Academic Sessions, Discussions, Meetings, Cultural Activities, and Social Interactions. Please fill in how you will evaluate your English language skills (Basic, Intermediate or Advanced) as accurately as possible and also tell us what other international languages you comprehend.

STEP 3: WORK EXPERIENCE

Please tell us about your current or most recent work. This may include formal or informal employment, self-employment, or other forms of engagement with organisations. It is not mandatory that you are or have ever been employed, but we want to know as much about you as possible.

  1. What is/was the name of the organization/company you work(ed) for?
  2. What is/was your position or job title?

STEP 4: GROUP DISCUSSION SESSION SELECTION

Group Classification.

There are four discussion groups to choose from: Women and Private Sector Leadership, Violence against Women and Girls, Demographic Dividend and Teenage Pregnancy and Women in Political Leadership/Governance. Participants can participate only in one of the groups. Read the descriptions of each group carefully before making your selection. It must however be noted that, the selection panel may choose to re-assign a participant to a group other than the group she selected if they deem necessary.
NB: Discussions would be behind closed doors and the ‘Chatham rule’ will be adhered to.

GROUP ONE (1) – Women and Private Sector Leadership

It is a fact that women in corporate leadership bring a whole phase of dynamism in the sector and improve performances and results of businesses. However in Africa, such records are hardly talked about and therefore have almost become meaningless in policy directions and legislations for business growth and development. This group will discuss pragmatic approaches to empower women in the private sector with regards to competence, competition and dealing with discrimination while emphasising the unique abilities that women bring on board in the private sector.

The discussions will be guided by the following terms of reference;

  1.  What the statistics say about women in corporate leadership.
  2.  The most common barriers to women’s inclusion in corporate leadership.
  3. Creating equal opportunities for both men and women in corporate leadership; what works.
  4. Women venturing into unfamiliar territories in the private sector.
  5.  Avoiding unhealthy competition at the workplace.
  6. Grooming women/girls for corporate leadership; adopting effective approaches.

GROUP TWO (2) – Violence Against Women & Girls

This group will discuss the very topical issue of Violence against Women and Girls. As a primary objective to champion a cutting edge advocacy against all forms of abuses that impinges on the Social, Emotional, Psychological, Physical, and Economic development of women and girls. Key issues to be discussed ranges from; Sexual Harassment (Comprising of Rape, Defilement, Spousal Abuse), Premarital Abuse (Abuse in Relationships/Courtship consisting of Rape, physical abuse, confinement/incarceration, dictatorship etc.), physical or verbal assault and re-socialization of women among other things.

The discussions will be guided by the following terms of reference;

  1. Evaluate the progress in the fight against Violence against women and girls.
  2. Profer pragmatic approaches that can be used to tackle Gender Violence.
  3. Suggest ways in which we can build a secured environment for women and girls
  4. Avenues to mediate justice and fair treatment for victims
  5. Accessing women as progenitors of male violence.
  6. Re-Socialization of Women about Sex.

GROUP THREE (3) – Demographic Dividend and Teenage Pregnancy

This group will also discuss critical issues regarding Teenage Pregnancy and the consequences for Africa’s pool of human resource. As it stands now, Africa cannot boast of utilising to the fullest its demographic dividend. This is because the conditions for growth and development of its human resource appear a quagmire especially with regards to the way teenage pregnancy is curtailing the aspirations of young girls. The group will produce effective and efficient approaches through which the menace could be reduced substantially while taking into consideration, efforts made in the past.

The discussions will be guided by the following terms of reference;

  1.  Major causes of teenage pregnancy.
  2.  Major threats of teenage pregnancy to the half of Africa’s human resource potential.
  3. Naming, shaming and punishing perpetrators of teenage pregnancy.
  4. Safeguarding the health of pregnant teenagers; providing support services.
  5. Best approaches to reintegrating victims of teenage pregnancy for the formal sector.

GROUP FOUR (4) – Women in Political Leadership/Governance

One of the core objectives for instituting the Young African Women Congress is to reiterate the role of African Women in national development and enhance their level of access to the very apex of leadership where they are more significant. This group will therefore look at critical issues that borders on women in political leadership and governance at various levels looking at the numbers and their influence in setting national and continental agenda.

The discussions will be guided by the following terms of reference;

  1.  Statistics of women in politics and landmark achievements.
  2. Getting more women in parliament; what works.
  3. Affirmative action and the issue of competence.
  4. Women in politics and corruption, the facts.
  5. Raising funds for political campaign; effective options for women.
  6. Women managing politics and family life.
  7. A special focus on how women’s preparedness for national governance could be enhanced in tertiary schools

STEP 5: CAREER SELECTION TRACK

In this session, a list of career tracks is outlined and each applicant is expected to select at most two career tracks that reflect her career ambitions.

The career tracks include the following;

Track 1:

  • Academia
  • International Relations & Diplomacy
  • Law & Politics

Track 2: 

  • Banking & Insurance 
  • Marketing & Distribution 
  • Telecommunication

 

 Track 3:

  • Extraction 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Management                                                                                                                                                          

Track 4:

  • Security Services   
  • Civil Services  
  • Health Services

Track 5:             

  • Aviation & Transportation 
  • Catering & Hospitality  
  • Media, Arts & Entertainment  

    

 NB: It must however be noted that, the selection panel will assign a participant to a career track from the options she has selected if they deem necessary.

STEP 6: PERSONAL STATEMENTS / STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

This section of the application is very crucial. Your responses to these three questions will help the EGGP identify your current and potential leadership traits as well as understand your desire to participate in the congress. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden by the EGGP and those who plagiarize their personal statement or statement of purpose will be disqualified. For more information, visit http://www.plagiarism.org.

NB: Not more than 100 words.

Question 1:
Describe one specific challenge for women in your community or country. Then discuss how you are addressing or intend to address this challenge by sharing what you (as an individual) are currently doing and your desired impact.

Question 2:
Who do you consider a woman leader in your community/organization/country (NOT yourself)? What specific qualities do you admire about her as a leader? How do you emulate her in your daily life?

Question 3:
Why are you applying to the Young African Women Congress? How will you implement what you will learn in championing the women agenda and attaining SDG Goal 5 after the Congress?

STEP 7: SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

Responses to these questions are optional. No selections will be made based on this information. This information is used to better understand the people we are dealing with. The aggregate information collected through this form will be kept private and confidential.

  1. Marital Status – Please indicate your marital status i.e. whether you are married or single or divorced. The EGGP does not discriminate on the basis of marital status.
  2. Religious Affiliation –Please indicate your religious affiliation, if any. You may choose from one of the major religions in the world on the list, or write in any other religion that you adhere to. EGGP does not discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation.
  3. Disability – If you have a disability, please indicate here. If you select “Yes”, you will be asked additional information that may be helpful for EGGP Team to accommodate any special needs you may have. EGGP does not discriminate on the basis of disability.
  4.  Other Leadership Courses – Please indicate if you previously participated in a leadership or women empowerment course or training or conference.
  5. ExLA Group Network – Are you a member of the ExLA Group Network, If not, would you be interested in joining our network? Would you want to volunteer for any of the Post-YAWC Projects?
  6. How did you learn about ExLA Group and Young African Women Congress? – Please indicate all the channels of communication from which you learned about us and this Congress.

STEP 8: FINISH

This is the final step of your application. Before you can submit, you must read and accept the following two statements:
Consent
In order to participate in the ExLA Group Gender Programme’s Young African Women Congress, I understand that I must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the programme, that I must pay the required registration fees, that I must meet the qualifications standards for the specific group that I have chosen, that I must be a young woman within age 18 – 40, and that my admission to the programme is subject to the determination by the Selection panel. I have read, understood, and will comply with the terms and conditions of the congress. I hereby certify that I have completed this application fully and accurately to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification, omission, or concealment of material fact may subject me to disqualification.

Commitment

I hereby acknowledge that if accepted as a participant in the Young African Women Congress 2017, I confirm that I will abide by the time commitment as outlined in the full 5 Day programme.

Once you have read and checked both statements indicating your agreement, and have completed the other six (6) steps of the application, you can click the “Submit” button.

If you have not answered any required questions, those questions will be indicated and you will have the opportunity to complete those questions. An email reminder may be sent to applicants who have started but not yet completed an application before the deadline expires.

Please be sure to review your responses for comprehensiveness, accuracy, spelling, grammar and clarity. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make any additional changes to it.
Please note that applications that have been started but not officially submitted by the deadline will not be considered.

All applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application and information about when/how candidates will be notified.

Good luck to you and thank you for your interest in the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) 2017.

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