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The Centre for Economic & Leadership Development (CELD), a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC) and in partnership with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), USA, presents the YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (YAWLS) 2017, an event billed to hold on the margin of the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Durban South Africa.

Theme: Improving Young Women’s Access to Mentors and Incubators: Educate, Develop, Engage & Empower

Venue: Durban, South Africa

Date: 4 May 2017


E: info@celdng.org, editor@amazonswatchmagazine.com

T: +44 7459 647093

Event Overview/Background:

With 40% of Africa’s population below the age of 14, Africa has the largest percentage of youth in the world and the continent is therefore faced with the significant task of turning the youthful population into an asset.  Despite constituting over half of the youth population, young women’s issues are not given the priority they deserve. It is notable that young women are still under-represented in civic spaces, including in politics, the economy, social affairs, and science and technology. Young women are derailed from realizing their potential by challenges such as child, early and forced marriages, female genital mutilation, and other harmful practices, as well as unwanted pregnancies, limited access to education and to health care.

As part of CELD’s efforts to address the economic and social challenges that young African women are faced with, the summit is therefore a platform for young women to discuss gaps and issues affecting them in various areas of their lives. The Summit aims to also bring together women of power and influence who have succeeded in their professional lives, and who embody the qualities of leadership in displaying active, creative and integrative efforts in achieving success at personal, national, and regional levels, to deliberate on ways of inclusion and empowerment of women in the mainstream economy through skills development, enterprise development, entrepreneurship projects and improving young women’s access to mentors and incubators.

Some of these women, who have distinguished themselves and truly excelled in their professional lives, demonstrating innovation, leadership, talent, a strong sense of self-worth, hard work, and a success-driven work ethics, shall be recognized and honored at the Gala-Night and Award Ceremony, a key highlight of the summit.

Key Highlights Of The Summit:

  • Key Plenary Sessions & breakout sessions
  • Topical Keynotes
  • Panel Discussions
  • Networking Sessions
  • Young African Women Innovations’ Showcase
  • Youth-Supportive Products, services, and programmes showcase by Companies, organisations and individuals.
  • Hands-on sectorial training sessions and symposiums
  • Unveiling of the Special Edition of the Amazons Watch Magazine Top 100 Young African Women Inspirational Leaders
  • International press coverage

Who To Participate:

  • Top Female Political Leaders of African Countries
  • The First Ladies of African Countries
  • Ministers of Gender/Women Affairs of African countries
  • Heads of Committees on Gender/Women Affairs/Youths of African Parliaments
  • Heads/Directors of Gender Departments of public institutions or agencies of African countries.
  • Women CEOs/ Top-Level business executives across in Africa.
  • Youth-Supportive Companies/NGOs/Foundations/Individuals
  • Young African Women
  • Women Leaders and Members of women cooperatives/ societies & organisations across Africa
  • Among others.

Benefits Of Participation:

  • A Designer Crafted Award Crystal to be presented to you in recognition of your leadership qualities and empowerment support for women in Africa.
  • Create awareness and publicity for some company’s youth-supportive programmes, products, services, and impact in Africa.
  • Boost investors/Customers’ confidence in your organization’s offerings with the showcase of the impact of your services in Africa.
  • Contribute towards improving the global rating of your organization, as it serves as it contributes to the growth of young African women.
  • Strategic business networking with other outstanding Women leaders.
  • An opportunity to connect with leading women in Africa, towards building bridges, and a network of a revolutionary Women’s Movement to shape a better future for women, their families and communities.
  • Profiles to be published in a special edition of the Amazons Watch Magazine to be unveiled and distributed at the event.
  • Strategic information sharing and partnership with industry titans, that continues even after the summit.
  • Live Online Coverage: We would also be providing live Twitter, Facebook and YouTube streaming for some of your selected projects in the year. The coverage would be done from the venue of the event in collaboration with our media partners to ensure millions of people from all corners of the world join the conversation and are well aware of the event.

About the Organiser of the Event:

Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) a leading gender empowerment, human capacity, and development-based organization, renowned as a catalyst and thought leader in developing the theory and practice of inclusive leadership, educational and socio-economic empowerment of emerging economies, particularly in Africa, and also the developing countries of the Middle East, South America and Asia. The organization was duly registered on 18 June 2008, with offices in London-UK, Dubai-UAE, and Abuja-Nigeria.

As an organisation currently in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) since 2012, we strive to advance our partnership with public and private sector organisations at different stages to primarily offer limitless possibilities to women of various status, children and the youth as well as develop, refine and effectively execute strategies that deliver superior corporate/institutional excellence. We empower the men and women folk for peak performance.

One of the ways we achieve this is through our bespoke and open trainings, specialised gender- based conferences & summits, women empowerment initiatives, Children & Youth Educational Empowerment initiatives such as our flagship “Send A Child to School today Campaign” and other capacity building programmes. Through our training ambitions, we strive to improve public and private sector players’ ability to meet the challenges of a changing world and communicate effectively with their constituents and stakeholders.

The Centre is also publishes the Amazons Watch Magazine, a flagship women-leadership focused publication that passionately serves as the leading voice for women in developing Nations, rooted in the preservation of the pride and dignity of women through an objective reportage on gender inequalities, social injustices, and poverty experienced by women in developing Nations.

For additional information about CELD, please click: https://goo.gl/aJZVmd

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