All over the world, traditional gender roles have hindered women from taking up leadership positions. The notion of women in traditional roles at home has inhibited many African women from exploiting their full potentials in the work environment. This is even more pronounced in STEM fields, which are typically dominated by men. According to UNESCO’s 2017 report; Cracking the code: Girls’ and women’s education in STEM, only 35% of STEM students in higher education globally are women, and differences are observed within STEM disciplines.
Junior Achievement (JA) and Newmont Ghana’s, based on their mutual commitment to ensuring that youth, especially girls, take up more leadership roles and are well represented in the STEM sector, partnered to implement the New Futures for Girls Leadership Camp. The initiative is under Newmont Ghana’s Tertiary and Secondary Skills Enhancement Program (T-SSEP) in line with SDGs 4 – Quality Education, 5 – Gender Equality and 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth.
The New Futures for Girls Leadership Camp brings together young girls from the ages of 14-25 to help them develop their life plans; learning important lessons on a variety of subjects including leadership, self-confidence, preparing for the world of work, goal setting, etc.
The second cohort of the New Futures for Girls Leadership Camp had been scheduled to be held at Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine in the Bono region from March 25 – 26, 2020 but was suspended as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus in communities. As a result, the camp will now be held as a Webinar on Cisco Webex from October 21 – 22, 2020.
During the webinar, the girls are mentored by prominent and accomplished professionals from Newmont Ghana. The participants are young emerging female leaders selected from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-Kumasi, University of Mines and Technology-Tarkwa, University of Ghana-Legon, University of Energy and Natural Resources-Sunyani and Ashesi University-Brekoso. They will learn about etiquette, self-awareness, finding the courage to make bold decisions in the workplace, building financial resilience, navigating difficult professional crossroads, managing peer pressure, and public speaking.