YAWC Network Congratulates Council Member On Achievement As Empowerment Champion

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Maria Johana Yuorpor
Maria Johana Yuorpor

The Young African Women’s Congress (YAWC) congratulated Maria Johana Yuorpor, a council member of the YAWC Network, on her recognition as a champion in women empowerment and rural development.

The YAWC Network is a fraternity of young women of African descent living in Africa and the diaspora who seek to be empowered and be themselves, changemakers for leadership and development on the continent.

On its social handle, Facebook, the YAWC Network posted a flyer with the caption “Congratulations Johana” and content, “Congratulations Maria Johana Yuorpor on receiving an award from the Female Empowerment and Advocacy for Development Organization for your contributions to women empowerment and rural development.”

Earlier this month, Maria Johana was awarded by the Female Empowerment and Advocacy for Development (FEAD) Ghana for her contribution to the empowerment of women and the promotion of development in rural communities.

The award was bestowed upon her during the Her Story Summit, a mammoth event by the FEAD Ghana and Teen Talk Ghana to commemorate International Women’s Day and celebrate the remarkable achievements of women.

The Citation of Honour presented to Maria by the FEAD Ghana on the occasion cited her dedication towards women empowerment and her selfless spirit as “a woman who inspires other women and girls to achieve more” as the counting of her meritocracy.

Other portions of the citation read, “Through your ‘Beautiful Smiles’ project, you are revolutionizing education in the Upper West Region, providing practical skills training and catalyzing development.

“As a mentor and assessor, you tirelessly advocate for the youth, ensuring they have the tools and opportunities to thrive.”

In recognizing the works of its council members, the YAWC Network said it is proud of Maria for her achievement as a women empowerment and rural development champion.

Amongst the works of Maria which merited her the recognition, she has channeled her multiple talents and expertise to the cause of human capital development in areas of business coaching, skills training, and mentorship.

As an industrial and organizational psychologist, she has leveraged her unique understanding of human behaviour and organizational dynamics to drive impactful initiatives aimed at uplifting marginalized communities and fostering sustainable development.

Through Mara Foods, an indigenous food processing venture, she has championed initiatives to promote healthy nutrition, food security, economic empowerment, and agricultural innovation in rural areas by empowering women to add value to their commodities.

In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Maria has been a staunch advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, using her leverage to amplify the voices of women and girls, particularly those living in rural and underserved communities.

As a member of the YAWC Network, Maria has served in various capacities including Business Committee Chairperson, Council Member, and Head of Business Unit.

About Maria Johana Yuorpor

Maria Johana Yuorpor is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, Business Consultant, Trade Associations Lead, Entrepreneur, and Women’s Empowerment Advocate based in the Upper West Region, Ghana. She is the founder of Mara Foods, Mara Closet, and Beautiful Smiles Project, through which she leads impactful programs aimed at empowering women and supporting youth development. She is also the Upper West Regional Director of the Northern Development Authority (NDA). Maria Johana Yuorpor is passionate about gender equality, social justice, and community development.

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