YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN CONGRES (YAWC) 2018
The Young African Women Congress (YAWC) is open to young women aspiring for leadership in 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 general criteria:
- Age (18-40 years)
- English or French 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 and pay the registration fee of GH₵550.00 (US$125) for both Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian residents.
Mode of Payment
Applicants must pay the registration/participation fee of GHȻ550.00 (US$125) by following the link on the registration page before final submission of form.
Payment options include the following:
- Mobile Money
NB: Registration to participate in the congress will be accepted from an applicant only after notification of payment. Applicants will receive confirmation messages immediately after payment is effected in their email inboxes.
REGISTRATION PACKAGES FOR THE YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN CONGRESS (YAWC) 2018
- YAWC Network: Opportunity to join the YAWC Network which would monitor and guide every participant for a minimum of five years through her career based on progress report. The objective of the network is to ensure that our participants climb the leadership ladder with effective guidance and less stress as career women.
- Certificates: Each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Participation at the end of the congress.
- Accommodation: A 5 Day Accommodation at the University of Ghana campus for the period of the congress will be covered.
- Feeding: Delegates will be given a 3 square meal each day for the period.
- Excursion/Fun Trip: A full day excursion/fun trip to selected tourist sites in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
- Souvenirs: Congress materials and souvenirs including; Notepads, Pens, Branded T-shirt, etc. will be provided delegates.
- Accreditation: Full accreditation to participate in all sessions of the congress including; Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Keynote Presentations, Plenary Sessions, Group Break-away Sessions, Career Fair, Entertainment & Cultural Night etc.
NB: Guest House and Hotel bookings are available for delegates who might not want to lodge or use our designated accommodation facilities. This would however be at the expense of the delegate.
We recommend that you read carefully the following instructions to help you complete your registration process accurately and successfully.
GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS
- Applying to participate in the YAWC 2018 is via an online application system. 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 that the deadlines stipulated for the application/registration apply strictly.
- Answer all questions on the application in English or French.
- Questions that require response are marked with an asterisk (*). Questions that are not marked with an asterisk are OPTIONAL.
The application is comprised of eight (8) steps.
- Personal Details and Contact Information
- Education and Languages
- Group Discussion Session Selection
- Career Session Selection
- Personal Statements
- Supplemental Questions
- Pay and Submit
STEP 1: PERSONAL DETAILS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
- Please provide your First Nameas it appears on your birth certificate, passport or national identification card.
- Provide yourSurname or Family name as it appears on your birth certificate, passport or national identification card.
- Provide any other given name(s).
- Please provide an email address which you check regularly as this will be the primary mode of contacting you.
- Please fill in your primary phone number. It will be a major means through which the team will contact you.
- 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.
- If you use WhatsApp, please check yes and indicate the phone number to which your account is associated. This is optional.
- If you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account, please check yes and indicate your handles. Note that this is optional.
- Please fill in your Postal Address (P.O. Box number), if you have one.
- Please provide yourDate of Birth by selecting the year, month, and day on the pop up calendar or using the format (YYYY-MM-DD).
- Please state your Nationality.
- Please state your current place and Country of Residence. (E.g. Accra – Ghana)
- 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.
- 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
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.
English or French language proficiency is required for participation in the YAWC 2018. All activities will be conducted in English and translated to French for French speaking applicants, including Keynote Address, Plenary Sessions, Academic Sessions, Discussions, Meetings, Cultural Activities, and Social Interactions. Please fill in how you will evaluate your English or French language proficiency (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.
- What is/was the name of the organization/company you work(ed) for?
- What is/was your position or job title?
STEP 4: GROUP DISCUSSION SESSION SELECTION
There are six discussion groups to choose from: Women as Private and Public Sector Workers, Women and Entrepreneurship, Sexual Harassment at the Workplace, Women as Agents of Economic Development through Governance/Politics, The Threat of Teenage Pregnancy on the Economy of Africa and Social Inclusion: A critical aspect of Development . Participants can participate only in one of the groups.
Read the terms of reference 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 it deems necessary.
NB: Discussions would be behind closed doors and the ‘Chatham rule’ will be adhered to.
GROUP ONE: Women as Private and Public Sector Workers
Women form a major part of the labour force in Africa. However, the significance of their contributions towards national growth differ across various sectors. There are numerous challenges that confront them on daily basis with regards to their contributions towards the economic growth of Africa in their work places. This group will identify the specific problems that confront women while suggesting practicable ways of making significant impact in the sectors as individual women and as leaders.
- How significant are the impacts of women in the public and private sectors on the economy of Africa?
- How are the competences of women demonstrated apart from men in the sectors?
- Which of the sectors (private or public) in Africa makes it easier for women to rise to leadership? Why is it so?
- How can women effectively manage corporate life vis-a-vis family life?
GROUP TWO: Women and Entrepreneurship
Women of Africa form about 70% of the informal sector. Many African women own their own businesses, yet they remain among the poorest in the world. This is because most of these businesses are borne out of the need for survival and so are not well structured. Although there may be obstacles, it is quite obvious that true models entrepreneurship can lift women and their families out of poverty and set new paths for progress and development. This group will develop practicable ways of encouraging more women into entrepreneurship while restructuring existing ones to formalize their operations.
- What are the most common obstacles to women’s entrepreneurship?
- What is the economic impact of women in entrepreneurship in Africa?
- How can we turn ‘self-account’ women traders into full-fledged entrepreneurs?
- What are the best ways women can build their capacities for entrepreneurship?
GROUP THREE: Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
Sexual harassment at the workplace is not only detrimental to the progress of individual women. It affects the economic and social development of the continent. Yet, it is so widespread in almost every sector where there are interactions between women and men. Group three will pay keen attention to the specificities of sexual harassment at the workplace and educational institutions as disincentives for women’s rise to leadership. Discussions will also centre on pushing for definitive laws and policies for dealing with such cases.
- What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?
- What are the effects on the economy of Africa?
- How definitive are laws and policies prohibiting sexual harassment?
- How can women build networks to fight sexual harassment in schools and workplaces?
GROUP FOUR: Women as Agents of Economic Development through Governance/Politics
Governance/politics hold the key to the development of nations. It is where the most critical decisions concerning citizens, growth and development are made. Yet women find themselves in the minority at such apex even though they form the majority of the population in Africa. This group will discuss women’s roles in transforming Africa’s economy through governance/politics and how individual women can use their positions and statuses in life to help lift women out of poverty.
- How significant are the roles of women political leaders towards Africa’s economic development?
- What are the challenges confronting women in politics and their effects on the economies of Africa?
- How can women use their roles in governance to enhance women’s economic statuses?
GROUP FIVE: The Threats of Teenage Pregnancy on the Economy of Africa
Teenage Pregnancy is a canker in society that is hindering women’s development in Africa. It derails the aspirations of young girls and has rippling effects on families, nations and the economy of the continent as a whole. This Group will reveal the most common ways through which girls are exposed to pregnancy and how they can be tackled head-on.
- What constitutes teenage pregnancy?
- How easy are girls exposed to teenage pregnancy?
- What is the economic impact of teenage pregnancy on African nations?
- What are the most practicable ways of reducing the menace drastically?
- How do we reintegrate teenage mothers into society such that they do not abandon their dreams and aspirations?
GROUP SIX: Social Inclusion: A critical aspect of Development
A vibrant economy is an inclusive economy where everyone has opportunities to contribute to growth and development no matter how “insignificant” they might look. Africa’s ‘rising status’ often appears like a mirage considering the number of people who wallow in poverty without any hope of change of situation. Women, children, rural dwellers and the disabled are among the most marginalized in African nations.
The Group will discuss the social factors in the economic development of Africa while suggesting very formidable ways of formalizing the contributions of the marginalized into the general fabric of Africa’s development agenda.
- Does the structure of African economies allow for equal participation of all groups towards growth and development?
- What is the best approach to reaching out to the marginalized in society for economic development?
- How can the efforts of rural uneducated women and the disabled be formalized and magnified for economic transformation of Africa?
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
Track 3: Extraction
Entrepreneurship & Business Management
Track 4: Security 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 www.plagiarism.org.
NB: Not more than 100 words.
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.
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?
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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Disability– If you have a disability, please indicate here. If you select “Yes”, you will be asked for 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.
- Other Leadership Courses– Please indicate if you previously participated in a leadership or women empowerment course or training or conference.
- 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?
- 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:
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. 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 hereby acknowledge that if accepted as a participant in the Young African Women Congress 2018, 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, click the “Pay and 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 general updates about the congress.
Good luck to you and thank you for your interest in the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) 2018.