The West Africa Women Congress (WAWOCO) is the first of its kind taking place in West Africa, it is the largest global gathering of women executives, entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide. Over the years, various efforts have been made by many Government and Non -Government organizations to promote women economic empowerment. One such effort is WAWOCO. Our core philosophy is to raise awareness that women are an indispensable human resource for the development of every nation. It was conceived to go beyond the remit of supporting women and ensuring gender equality to a broader scope that aims to see women become influential key members of society, thereby enabling them to climb the ladder of success.

We cannot meet the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Global Goals unless women and girls are on an equal footing with men and boys. Empowering women to participate fully in economic life is essential to building stronger economies and improving the quality of life for both women and men. Development is about how we all choose to do business and how we reflect principles of equality on an everyday level, so they permeate our cultures, values, performance and business practice.

In the spirit of advancing the crucial role of the private sector to achieve this Goal of Gender Equality, Win Institute for Gender Studies (WIGS), West African foremost learning institute for women on leadership, management, business and gender management and West Africa Institute for Public Administration (WAIPA) have joined forces to organize this annual Women’s economic Empowerment Forum. The Forum will take place in Accra, Ghana on the 22nd to 24th July 2019 and provide a platform for presenting ongoing, successful initiatives that aim to advance women’s empowerment, economic inclusion and entrepreneurship globally.

The Forum will bring together women from 17 West African countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, the island nation of Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the islands of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. “Gain the know-how and confidence to become a highly effective and successful women who can lead tomorrow”


Being a good leader as well as a good manager demands a complex set of skills and attributes – but outstanding leaders recognise that combining the necessary skills with their own unique strengths is vital if they are to maximise their performance.

This year, the annual conference provides you with

Although gender is just one of many factors which influence the type of challenges each women executive faces, and the way in which each individual will overcome those challenges, almost all senior women managers find themselves working in a male-dominated environment. Attending this congress will not only give you effective strategies to help you reinforce your leadership role, but will also provide solutions to the particular challenges faced by female leaders. Furthermore, you will be able to share experiences with like-minded female professionals from all over West Africa

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