Congratulations to AMWIK Members on their AWLMI 2015 Graduation
AMWIK wishes to acknowledge and congratulate members Lilian Juma, Marceline Nyambala, Yvonne Mwende and Mercy N. Njoroge who successfully graduated from a two-year leadership and mentoring programme — African Women Leadership and Mentoring Initiative (AWLMI) 2015 — supported by Urgent Action Fund-Africa and Royal Dutch Government and delivered by the Coady International Institute, St Francis Xavier University, Canada. Also part of the Kenyan team was Wambui Kariuki, an administration officer at Strathmore University. The mentees were drawn from five African countries including Cameroon, Coted-Ivoire, Malawi and Kenya and South Sudan.
The mentorship that included a Co-operative Inquiry Research, and an Individual Action Plan started with an attendance of meeting bringing together 200 women leaders from 24 Countries to a women’s leadership conference in Malawi in 2013, followed by three residency training sessions in Nairobi and finally graduation ceremony in Zanzibar.
During the intense sessions, the team covered multi-dimensional aspects that included defining African Feminism, working on a as well as tackled Women’s Economic Empowerment, Advocacy, Rights Based Approach, Action Based Community development (ABCD), Political participation, Care Economy, Asset mapping amongst other areas.
The mentees also interacted and networked with colleagues from other countries who included women in business, politics, and civil society addressing issues of women’s representation as well as youth issues. Kenya team represented women in media.
The mentees will continue to share their experiences and facilitate training sessions for interested members.