YES–Ghana, represented by two staff; James Anquandah and Dela Ayivor, was one of few institutions invited by the MOREMI Initiatives for Women’s Leadership in Africa to participate in the official launch and open ceremony of the 2015 MILEAD fellows’ leadership institute on July 14, 2015.
The Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) is a long-term leadership and mentorship programme that brings young African women leaders to Ghana. This year, 27 women, from 22 African countries and the diaspora were selected to undergo a three-week training programme in Accra to equip them with transformational leadership skills that would help them advance the cause of women. The MILEAD Programme will equip the 27, made up of career women and students with world-class knowledge, skills, values and networks they need to succeed as 21st century women leaders.
The official launch and opening ceremony held at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, admitted participants to start the 2015 edition of the programme for free. They included three Ghanaian women; Miss Baaba Gyakyewa Jackson, Miss Edem Doreen Asimadu and YES – Ghana’s Voices of Youth Coalition Leader, Miss Vera Addo.
During the training, participants will interact with top-notch business executives, leaders from academia and government officials to build their capacities. The Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs Mona Quartey, stressed on the need for a continuous voice for women. She urged participants to ponder on how to achieve a relationship between active women participation and economic growth while reminding them that aspiring to be great women in society was not an easy task. She encouraged them to be persistent and hard working. Ms Victoria Bright, a private legal practitioner and consultant, urged the 27 women not to give up in the pursuit of their ambitions. Using her life as an example, she explained that great women always faced tough times, but never quitted from the battle field. Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu described the participants as the epitome of African women. She stated that women in Africa need to do more and act more and encouraged the 27 women to be agents of change and progress as they keep rising.
The 2015 MILEAD Fellows expressed gratitude for being chosen to lead out of 3000 applicants. They stated that they will learn from each other and will strive to make a difference in every small corner of the world. The participants assured all present of their hard work and ability to serve even as presidents of their countries soon. Their aim is to multiply and get more African women leaders in their various countries on board.
The MILEAD Fellows Programme is a long-term leadership development programme designed to identify and promote emerging young African women leaders between the ages of 18 and 25 to attain and thrive in leadership in their communities and Africa as a whole.