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While on the Mandela Washington Fellowship two years ago, Kellogg’s School of Business at Northwestern University (USA) did a wonderful job of exposing us to the different tech and business incubation hubs in Chicago. Once a week we would go on a site visit to mostly hubs and I was really impressed by the sizes of the co-working spaces or shared offices/workspaces as well as the equipment I saw. In fact in one of the hubs, I saw a very lovely Ghanaian woman who shared her story about how renting an office space was so difficult and frustrating until she got a place at that particular hub.

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Immediately I completed university, I had two choices: to return to my temporary summer job in the US or to go on a working holiday visa trip to the UK where my then boyfriend lived. Obviously, I chose UK! While in the UK, I did many temporary jobs including office assistant, old people caregiver, receptionist, cleaner, filing clerk, call center agent, etc. I also took various classes and wrote a couple of exams, but at the time I did not consider any of these geared towards any particular career path; I just wanted to survive and perhaps gain work experience. I returned to Ghana to do my national service at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and had an amazing experience assisting the Head of Public Relations.

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Ama Duncan YALI Network
YALI Voices Podcast: Ama Duncan Brings Women Together in The Fabulous Woman Network

As the person who created the Fabulous Woman Network, who has also had some experience in the corporate field, here is what I have to say to men. Women have a lot of buried treasures and potentials that can be used. Don’t only focus on what it is that you’ve seen, for instance, they are good at typing or answering the phone or making coffee or doing whatever. There’s so much more that we can do in the workplace. Push the women. Give them more challenging roles, and you’ll be amazed. Even when pregnant nine months, you’ll be amazed the results that women can deliver.

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