REGISTRATION GUIDELINES/REQUIREMENTS
The Young African Women Congress (YAWC) is an annual Pan-African platform organised by ExLA Group to promote the empowerment and the enhancement of the skills of women for Africa’s sustainable development. The congress is open to young African women both on the continent and the diaspora, aspiring for leadership and change at various levels, who demonstrate some level of commitment and enthusiasm in championing the agenda for women empowerment on the African continent.
Eligibility
• Women within the age limits of 18 to 45 years from Africa and the diaspora. Non-African women who have lived and worked on women empowerment issues in Africa are equally eligible.
• English/French language proficiency
• Desire to positively impact Africa
• Commitment to serve the development agenda for women on the African continent
• Register online and pay the registration fee of GH₵760.00 for Ghanaian and Foreign Applicants resident in Ghana and US$180 for Non-Ghanaian Applicants and Applicants non-resident in Ghana.
Mode of Payment
Ghanaian and Foreign Applicants Resident in Ghana
Ghanaian and Foreign Applicants resident in Ghana must pay registration/participation fee of GHȻ760.00 into ExLA Group’s Stanbic Bank Account or into the official Mobile Money Account.
Bank Account Details
Account Name: 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)

Non-Ghanaian Applicants Non-Resident in Ghana
Applicants resident in other countries must pay the registration/participation fee of US$180 through VISA/MasterCard. Applicants without VISA/MasterCard should contact ExLA Group in order to transfer through Western Union or MoneyGram
NB: Registration to participate in the congress will be accepted from an applicant only after notification of full payment of the congress fee. We do not disqualify any applicant. All you need to do is to register and pay. Amount paid is non-refundable.

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
We recommend that you read carefully the following instructions to help you complete your registration process accurately and successfully.
GENERAL REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS
• Registering to participate in YAWC 2019 is via an online application system. You will need a computer and access to the internet to register. Only applicants who fully complete the online registration process will be accepted to participate in the congress.
• You do not have to finish your registration in one session. You may save your work and return later to continue working on your registration as many times as necessary until completion. Please note the deadlines stipulated for the registration.
• Answer all questions on the registration form in English/French.
• Questions that require response are marked with an asterisk (*). Questions that are not marked with an asterisk are OPTIONAL.

ONLINE REGISTRATION
The registration is comprised of main six (6) steps.
1. Personal Details and Contact Information
2. Education and Languages
3. Employment
4. Group Discussion Session Selection
5. Parallel Session Selection
6. Supplemental Questions
7. Submit

STEP 1: PERSONAL DETAILS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

  1. Please provide your First Nameas it appears on your birth certificate, passport or national identification card.
  2. Provide any middle name(s) as it appears on your certificate.
  3. Provide yourSurname or Family name as it appears on your birth certificate, passport or national identification card.
  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 yourDate 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 (E.g. Ghanaian)
  12. Please state your current city 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/French language proficiency is required for participation in the YAWC 2019. All activities will be conducted in English, including Keynote Addresses, Plenary Sessions, Presentation Sessions, Discussions, Meetings, Cultural Activities, and Social Interactions.   C Please fill in how you will evaluate your English and French language skills (Basic, Intermediate or Advanced) as accurately as possible and also tell us what other international languages you comprehend.

For delegates who are proficient in French, there would be a French translation for all the sessions at the congress.

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 in Politics

Politics is critical to every nation’s development. Unfortunately, in Africa, and many parts of the world, women are seldom involved in politics for diverse reasons. Thankfully, the world has awakened to the reality that women’s participation in politics is not only critical to their individual development, but more crucial to building prosperous nations, healthy families and promoting inclusive growth. Many Parliaments across the world, with this knowledge, have passed legislations which seek to establish quota systems to favour women into politics at the highest levels. However, beyond the quota systems, are entrenched underpinnings that still hold women back from politics, hence, the poor numbers of women in politics.

This group will discuss the ways in which women can be encouraged to take politics as a development tool to change the course of women in Africa.

The discussion will be guided by the following terms of reference:

  1. How are important are quota systems to women’s participation in politics and parliament?
  2. Why have quota systems failed to get more women into politics? What are the alternatives?
  3. What are the best ways women could be sensitised to take advantage of quota systems in their countries to join politics?
  4. Do successful women in politics have a role to play in nurturing inexperienced women into politics?

 

GROUP TWO (2) – Women as Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is a key element to prosperous nations. Entrepreneurs are bearers and implementers of great and workable ideas which help to solve peculiar problems and yield profits. Prosperous nations boast of daring entrepreneurs and they thrive with access to essential economic resources. In most parts of Africa, women’s path to entrepreneurship is stifled right from the fundamentals with entrenched cultural beliefs and legislations that seem to limit their access to, ownership and management of economic resources as much as they possess life transforming ideas which need implementation. As a result, more women are caught up in ‘own account’ businesses which do not seem to grow in any form, except for purposes of survival.

Group TWO will discuss the various ways women could be empowered to look beyond setting up businesses for survival, to making global impact.

The discussion will be guided by the following terms of reference:

  1. What are the best business opportunities in Africa at the moment? How can women position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities?
  2. How powerful is networking as a tool for business development?
  3. What are the ways through which women can influence change in culture and legislations that limit women’s access to economic resources?
  4. How can the aspiring women entrepreneurs establish relationships with successful entrepreneurs for mentorship and effective role modelling?

 

GROUP THREE (3) – Higher Education for the Girl Child/ STEM

The statistics for girl child education has improved very significantly, thanks to massive campaigns across the world of the essence of girl child education. Yet, while we tout ourselves for our individual and collective roles, in ensuring that more and more girls are being enrolled in schools, a further reflection on their progress leaves much to be desired. As they climb higher on the educational ladder, more girls drop out of school than boys, and moreover, the girls seem to avoid STEM related courses.

This group will ascertain the major challenges to access to lifelong learning opportunities and equal access to quality education at mainly, secondary and tertiary education and technical and vocational training. And more importantly provide practicable solutions to these challenges. 

The discussion will be guided by the following terms of reference:

  1. How can girls realise their career paths through higher education in Africa?
  2. Why do girls avoid STEM related courses on their way up the educational ladder?
  3. How can girls’ interest in STEM related courses and careers be boosted right from the basic level and sustained to the highest levels?
  4. What is responsible for the higher rates of girl child dropout rates in schools and how can they be prevented?

GROUP FOUR (4) – Sexual Harassment in Schools

Sexual Harassment in schools is a real dilemma for young girls to deal with. It appears afar off, yet very near to us, with a lot of girls suffering in silence. The condescending factor that seem to make sexual harassment in schools thrive, is the way and manner in which victims are made to feel responsible for their predicaments whenever they manage to speak out. Yet the more damning revelations of findings of sexual harassment issues in schools is that, most of such crimes are perpetrated by teachers and headteachers who, otherwise, are supposed to be guardians of these girls.

This group will describe ways through which young girls could be encouraged to speak out and have offenders apprehended and dealt with by the law.

The discussion will be guided by the following terms of reference:

  1. How important is sex education in empowering girls against sexual harassment in schools?
  2. What are the best platforms girls could share their experiences of harassment to encourage others?
  3. Are sanctions for sexual harassment in schools stern enough to deter others? How can they be made stiffer?
  4. How can girls defend themselves in unlikely events of sexual harassment before seeking help?

GROUP FOUR (5) – Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development

The environment is a crucial aspect of the development of Africa. Yet, we live in a period of rapid depletion of our environment which could lead to unsustainable development. Women play critical roles in either sustaining or depleting the environment. Without the knowledge of climate change, women could be the highest contributors to the depletion of the environment. This is because decision-making processes usually begin at home where in Africa, women usually hold the fore. They are therefore mostly involved in the common practices that either influence the environment positively or negatively.

This group will ascertain the awareness of women towards environmental sustainability and how they can help improve the environment for the present and future generations.

  1. How can we break down the issues of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability for the average woman to understand its importance?
  2. What roles can women play to improve the environment in their own little ways while finding other ways to educate other women?
  3. How relevant are population issues to the sustainability of the environment and how can women help to control their effects?

 

GROUP FOUR (6) – Culture and Change for Development

Culture is simply explained as a way of life of a people. It is usually acquired and practiced over a long period of time as the acceptable ways of doing things of a particular group of people. Depending on the purposes it serves, culture can be progressive or denigrating. Over the years, many African cultures have been modified or done away with, completely, with the emergence of formal education. Yet, culture is very prominent in our everyday lives and engagements including women empowerment. Group six will help explain how culture has affected the development of Africa and ways it can be leveraged to accelerate development.

The discussion will be guided by the following terms of reference:

  1. How relevant is culture to Africa’s developmental strides?
  2. What are some of the most damning cultural practices still ongoing in Africa and how can they be stopped?
  3. What are some of the most progressive cultural practices in Africa which need reinforcement?
  4. How can women use their roles as mothers to influence cultural change in the home?
  5. How important is the media to cultural change and development?

 

 

STEP 5: PARALLEL SESSIONS SELECTION TRACK 

In this section, a list of tracks representing the various topics that would be discussed during the parallel sessions is outlined and each applicant is expected to select at most, two tracks that they would want to join in.

The tracks include the following;

Track 1:          Politics/Leadership

Track 2:         Business and Commerce

Track 3:         Social Inclusion/Intervention Projects

Track 4:         Sexual Harassment and Teenage Pregnancy

Track 5:          Education and Training

 

NB: It must be noted that, delegate may be assigned to a session track other than what she selects if deemed necessary by organisers. Delegate will however be notified ahead of time to prepare towards discussions.

 

STEP 6: SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

 This information is used to better understand delegates in order to make provisions for special needs. 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 or any other affiliations.
  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.
  7. Kindly provide the name and contact information (her email address and/or telephone number) of a person you would like to recommend the congress to.

STEP 7: FINISH

This is the final step of your registration. 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 organisers. I have read, understood, and will comply with the terms and conditions of the congress. I hereby certify that I have completed this registration fully and accurately to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification, omission, or concealment of material fact may subject me to being prevented from participating in the congress.

 

Commitment

I hereby acknowledge that as a participant in the Young African Women Congress 2019, 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 registration, 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 their registration before the deadline expires.

Please be sure to review your responses for comprehensiveness, accuracy, spelling, grammar and clarity. Once you have submitted your registration, you will not be able to make any additional changes to it.

Please note that registration 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 registration and information about when/how candidates will be notified.

Good luck to you and thank you for your interest to participate in the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) 2019.