The maiden edition of a sports summit to be led exclusively by women is set to be held in Accra, capital of Ghana. The May 15 event dubbed Africa Women’s Sports Summit is the brainchild of one of Africa’s influential sports journalists, Juliet Bawuah.
“The programme is designed to bring leading female sports names and aspiring ones together, for a one-day session on career and coming from behind to lead.
“This has become necessary as a deliberate measure to ensure that more women are shored upfront in the ever-changing ecosystem of sports,” the event website noted.
The four-hour session is expected to pool together over 60 participants who will be addressed by six women actively involved in sports coverage and related areas.
“There is always something beautiful about being a woman in sports. From coming from behind the curve to taking a front row seat. I have held my own against so much doubt.
“The urge to see other women step up to the challenge is dear to my heart. We need more women to join us in making a difference in sports,” Juliet said in a clip promoting the summit.
Objectives of the summit, lineup of speakers
The Africa Women’s Sports Summit according to organizers has the overarching objective of boosting overall female participation in sports. Its three-pronged mission seeks to:
- Create a platform for change, training, mentoring and transfer of knowledge from accomplished women sports journalists to the aspiring young ones.
- Champion greater female inclusion in the African sports ecosystem.
- Work towards creating a sustainable support system for African women to attain their career goals.
Invited speakers include some of Ghana’s finest women sports journalists. Nana Aba Anamoah and Eva Okyere. From across the continent, Ugandan Usher Komugisha and South African Carol Tshabalala are in town for the event.