Women in Project Management Africa inaugurated at 2014 APPMA conference in Ghana



1 July 2014 – Accra, Ghana – The African Project and Program Management Association (APPMA) has announced the formal inauguration of Women in Project Management Africa (WiPMA), a Pan-African professional network aimed at empowering and developing the capacities of women in project, change, program and portfolio management. WiMPA will serve as the women’s wing of the APPMA.

The WiMPA was launched at the Awards and Fellows investiture Night (June 27) during the 2014 African Project and Program Management Conference (APPMC) held at the Holy Trinity Spa & Health Farm, Ghana during June 23-28, 2014. 140701-pmwj25-women-IMAGE

The Association elected Mrs. Veronica Sadah, a retired Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations at Ghana Custom, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) as President, while Relation Manager at First National Savings and Loans Company, Hilda Nkansah will serve as Vice President I.  Rhoda Appiah is Vice President II, in charge of international relations. Enyonan Ekpe is Membership and Mobilization Coordinator, while Senior Supply Officer at the Office of the President, Alice Zu, is Secretary of the Association. Imaobong Essien-Eti of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was elected Financial Secretary.

Speaking at the WiPMA inauguration, Mrs. Veronica Sadah thanked the Direct Leadership institute (DLI) and the APPMA for nurturing the formation of the new networking initiative for women in Africa.

She said: “Association will provide the much needed platform to address the key issues affecting women managers today and work to provide opportunities for women to further develop their potentials in today’s dynamic environment.

“Women are known globally as good managers. Name any great institution in the world and one can easily identity a number of women working professionally and tirelessly, sometimes more than their male counterparts, to ensure that nothing but success is achieved. Women have made their mark, and should be recognized for such. 

“According to the World Bank’s report ‘ Gender at Work’, gender quality in the world of work is a win-win on many fronts. Indeed, empowering women and girls is vital to ending extreme poverty and boosting what the World Bank terms ‘ Shared Prosperity.’ Empowering women would, no doubt, contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post 2015 agenda.

“Unfortunately, African women have not organized themselves into well recognized professional groups to champion their own course. Some of the platforms that readily come to mind are: Abantu for Development, Federation of Women Lawyers, and a few others are the known ones. Women need to broaden their voices.”

“WiMPA,” she said, “represents a much needed alliance to address the key issues affecting women managers today and can work to provide opportunities for members to further develop their potential in today’s dynamic environment.”  She used the opportunity to announce a fees-free registration period for women project managers across Africa until December 2014. 

She urged women to take advantage of this window to come on board to champion this course by sending their request for membership to [email protected].