Women In Tech

Yielding Accomplished African Women (Yaa W): The non-profit that is changing the face of STEM

Ghanaian-American college student seeks to empower women all across the African continent

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% 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% of their human capital, compared to the 65% 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 female heroine, Queen mother and warrior.

Yielding Accomplished African Women is Ghana’s first finance and technology accelerator for women!

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 speakers 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.

The Need:

Yielding Accomplished African Women is making strides to solving this gendered global phenomenon. According to McKinsey Global Institute, if women had the opportunity to participate in the economy equally to men, $28 trillion dollars will be added to the global economy by 2025. Because empowered women, empower their communities, 90% 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 1) college women, 2) socio-economic diversity of participants, 3) finance and technology, and 4) 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 is a 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: http://accomplishedafricanwomen.org/. Also, you can help by providing experimental learning opportunities at Africa’s youth. Does your organization have internships, externships, competitions, networking events, etc.? If yes, please email yaaw.234@gmail.com to solidify a partnership.

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Innov8tiv is a dynamic Web source for technology news, resources and innovation, with a special focus on the entrepreneurial advances of Africans on the continent as well as in the Diaspora. This site seeks to not only inform consumers and companies about the latest in tech trends and ideologies, but to shed light on a phenomenon often ignored: the inventive, life-changing and creative engine that exists in Africa and among leaders of color around the world, including the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, and Asia. Send story ideas to info@innov8tiv.com

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