The Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program (GWSLP) is a program developed by NYU Wagner in collaboration with Fundación Mujeres por África and Banco Santander. The program offers a one-year, cohort-based leadership development program for women in mid-level positions in Ghanaian civil society organizations. Through the program’s leadership development, individualized coaching, and networking opportunities, GWSLP participants develop the skills and support needed to lead transformational change in their communities and society at large.
Ghanaian women make invaluable contributions to their country’s social, economic, and political growth. However, these contributions are often underrepresented and women in Ghana often lack access to positions of higher authority. The GWSLP offers mid-career women an opportunity to grow as leaders, take on new leadership roles, and tackle the pressing issues in their communities.
The program is a part of Ghana Wins! partnership program at New York University, which aims to strengthen the capacity of Ghanaian women as leaders in healthcare, education and civil society.
GWSLP Program Description:
- Designs and delivers a Transformational Leadership Development Curriculum for 15 women leaders each year. This enhances leadership capabilities and prepares participants for higher-level leadership roles in various civil society organizations;
- Supports participants in developing action-learning projects which allow women to achieve personal leadership goals, augment their project management skills, and collaborate with key stakeholders. They then undertake a project that will strengthen their organization while addressing challenges relating to the environment, peace and security, or gender equality.
- Builds a network of Ghanaian women leaders able to inspire other women through leadership in institutions and social sector organizations.
The various elements of the yearlong experience and offers an opportunity to celebrate the participants’ accomplishments.
- Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla
Program Director and RCLA Deputy Director
NEWS AND UPDATESMarch 16 - March 21, 2015 The Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program conducted the leadership training institute in Ghana with the second cohort, who were welcomed in January 2015. The training was facilitated by leadership development experts and civil society leaders, practitioners and faculty from NYU Wagner, the University of Ghana, Skills Sharing Consult and Axis Human Capital Limited. The training focussed on understanding leadership in the Ghanaian context; adressed African women, Gender, and leadership; introduced management skills, conflict resolution, communicaions and public speaking; and, examined anti-corruption as an ecosystem.
January 17, 2015
The "2015 Graduation ceremony" acknowledged the accomplishments of 15 exceptional Ghanaian women leaders who were part of the first cohort of the program. These women developed their leadership skills through coaching and training, and developed Action Lerning projects that address critical community needs in Ghana. The program also welcomed the second cohort, with 15 Ghanaian women, selected to train and develop skills to further support leadership and transformational change in Ghana.