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Women in Project Management Africa initiative announced in Ghana

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6 February 2013 – Accra, Ghana – The Direct Leadership institute Ghana (DLI) and the African Project and Program Management Association (APPMA) have announced the birth of Women in Project Management Africa (WiPMA), a Pan-African  non-profit professional network aimed at empowering and developing the capacities of women in project, change, program and portfolio management. 

140206-pmwj20-women-IMAGE“The gender gap may not be as wide as it was three decades ago, but women entering the project management profession still face obstacles that are less likely to impede their male counterparts,” says Project Management Institute

An Interim Steering Committee for the Association is chaired by Mrs. Veronica Sadah, a retired Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations at Ghana Custom, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS).

Veronica said: “WiMPA represents a much needed alliance to address the key issues affecting women managers today and working to provide opportunities for members to further develop their potential in today’s dynamic environment. WiMPA will serve as the female wing of APPMA (a regional non-profit body of competent project managers, advocating for international best practices in project management in Africa).

Executive Director of DLI, Dr Donald Agumenu said: “Building the talent pipeline includes not only increasing the representation of women in management positions, but developing the skills pool and aspirations of girls at a younger age who are about to graduate, through mentoring, lifelong learning, sponsorship, and attaining requisite qualifications and certifications for the 21st market.”

The WiMPA is due for formal launch at the Awards and Fellows investiture Night (June 27) during the 2014 African Project and Program Management Conference (APPMC) scheduled for June 23-28, 2014 at the  Holy Trinity Spa & Health Farm,  Ghana.

Female project and program managers interested in joining are to send their request for membership and a short profile to: [email protected] or [email protected].

The Interim Steering Committee has in the meantime, announced fees – free registration until December 2014.