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.