Women in Africa (WIA) Young Leaders Program 2021

Women in Africa (WIA) Young Leaders Program 2021

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Applications for the Women in Africa (WIA) Young Leaders Program 2021 are now open. The Young Leaders Program is a catalyst for training young women leaders at the beginning of their careers. Through this program, WIA and its partners want to support and promote young African women leaders.

In 2021, five selected Young Leaders will benefit from an international support program. The goal is to roll out this program every year, with the vision of opening it up to more than 400 young women by 2030.

Programme Details

The five winners will benefit from a two-part program: they will first take a digital training course covering women’s leadership and skills needed for the future, taking place in the second quarter of 2021. Then, they will attend the in-person-session part of the programme, during the month of September, which will take place in Paris.

Personalized monitoring will be implemented by WIA. It will enable to identify the individual needs of Young Leaders and to respond precisely to the rise in skills of each of them.

The face-to-face part of the program will take place in Paris. During their stay in Paris, the Young Leaders will have the opportunity to visit Paris and make many meetings essential to the development of their network. They will also have, for example, the exclusive opportunity to visit the Maison Dior archives, as well as to be welcomed into the Lazard offices. A virtual event will finally be organized on the return from this trip, to allow the very first WIA Young Leaders promotion to share their experience.


  • Open to young African women;
  • They must show a strong interest in the development of the continent.

Selection Criteria

Each application will be reviewed according to specific criteria such as:

  • Interest in Africa’s development and a vision for the continent;
  • The ability to reconcile business conduct and social impact;
  • Awareness of the need for and importance of public-private dialogue;
  • The ability to become decision-makers at the highest level;
  • The strength of conviction combined with a sense for teamwork;
  • Social ascension: self-made paths will be a priority;
  • Strong bonds to Africa: the candidate – or her parents – must be born in an African country or be linked to an activity or cause in Africa;
  • Humility, empathy and resilience.


The deadline is April 15, 2021 at midnight (Central European Time). Late applications will not be considered.

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For more information, visit WIA.