According to the World Bank, Ghana will be the fastest growing economy in the world in 2018. The information and communication technology (ICT) based jobs in Ghana, have already increased by 6.7 percent and are expected to grow exponentially. At current rates, 15 to 20 million well-educated young people will enter into Africa’s labor force annually until 2030. But, on average, African countries only capture 55 percent of their human capital, compared to the 65 percent global average. Moreover, there are even lower rates of female economic participation.
To tackle this issue, Diana Wilson, a young, ambitious and incredibly passionate first-generation Ghanaian-American woman, created Yielding Accomplished African Women (Yaa W). Yaa W is named after and in the spirit of Yaa Asantewaa, a Ghanaian feminist heroine, Queen mother and warrior. Yielding Accomplished African Women is Ghana's first finance and technology accelerator for women! The founder, Diana Wilson says that, “the basis for the program based on a quote by Adrienne Rich that reads, “the most notable fact that culture imprints on women and girls is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one women can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of possibility.”
How It Works:
It is a yearlong program in which female college students complete an intensive educational course in finance/technology, leadership development, branding and professional etiquette. The Yaa W. program provides comprehensive certification courses, extensive online training software, and experience with hands-on social impact projects, constructed to ensure every participant masters the fundamental skills requisite for employment at top financial and technology corporations. A speaker series consisting of internationally recognized Ghanaian female executives and entrepreneurs will spur hope and provide examples of success. Additionally, the mentorship program provides professional socialization and personal support.
Yielding Accomplished African Women is making strides to solving this gendered global phenomenon. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, if women had the opportunity to participate in the economy equally to men, $28 trillion dollars in economy would be added to the global economy by 2025. Because empowered womenn, empower their communities, 90 percent of $28 trillion dollars would be reinvested in health, nutrition, and education for families.
This organization is unique because they work to simultaneously educate and empower college women to become agents of change in their communities. Yielding Accomplished African Women stands out amongst the crowd because they focus on college women, socio-economic diversity of participants, finance and technology and utilize an interdisciplinary teaching approach. Their vision is necessary, significant and set for high levels of impact.
Yielding Accomplished African Women is based off of the Twi word Sankofa. Sankofa is an Ghanaian word that translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind”. With the growth of this program there won't be any GIRL LEFT BEHIND.
How You Can Help:
Through the Our Girls, Our Future package, you can sponsor a Ghanaian female student to go through our entire 12-month program. You can donate through their website: AccomplishedAfricanWomen.org. Also, you can help by providing experiential learning opportunities to Africa’s youth. Does your organization have internships, externships, competitions, networking events, etc.? Email us to solidify a partnership.