My name is Dr. Biniam Woldeselassie, and I am a volunteer for Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa. I have been driven to volunteer for this organisation because of its excellent track record in leadership development in Africa. Moremi Initiative works to engage, equip and inspire a new generation of transformational African Women Leaders. It works to bring about sustainable change in the empowerment of women through enhancing their leadership skills. . It has been an honour to be a part of the great institution that is Moremi.
I am a Liberian and for me Moremi represents a True Agent of Change for Young African Women Leaders both in Africa and the African Diaspora.
I am a young advocate who has dedicated her life to lobbying for the inclusion of youths with disabilities to ensure that the Missing Voices are Heard.
Moremi Initiative stands as a shining example to the world of how great a continent Africa is; with its diverse cultural heritage, resources and potential leaders regardless of creed, ethnicity, physical look - with or without disabilities.
I participated as a 2010 MILEAD Fellow of Moremi Initiative. I can honestly say that my experience in the program enhanced my understanding of the importance of my role in leadership and development as a young African woman. I now have a renewed approach, passion and confidence toward my professional and academic pursuits. Having served in leadership capacities already before the fellowship, I never realised that I still suffered from subtle inferiority complex, juxtaposing my capabilities to those of a man. The biggest lesson I received from Moremi Initiative is that I have talents, skills and knowledge that I can equally contribute to society. And that I can go as far as I want toward making that contribution. My limitations are mostly mental. Moremi Initiative does a lot to empower African women to participate socially and politically in their countries, and importantly, to be educated. It is education that enlightens and gives way to opportunities. I continue to support Moremi Initiative in reaching more potential and emerging African women leaders. Women's full participation and leadership in Africa is intrinsically linked as a crucial factor to any developmental success we may seek; and that is Moremi's role - to bring women, necessarily and deservingly, to the table.
I got involved with the Moremi Initiative as a fellow of the organisation in 2010. Was selected amongst 24 other young emerging African women leaders and trained through the organisation's three weeks summer institute.
It was an amazing experience at the institute as i was inspired to place my priorities right and be able to clearly define what is important and expedient in terms of intervention.
Thais inspired me to begin the After school Peer Mentoring project;(www.afterschoolpmp.wordpress.com) a project inspired by the MILEAD institute; the project has inmapced positively in the lives of students through our PREP2GRAD programme(www.prep2grad.wordpress.com)
Before I took part in the Milead fellowship, I often considered statements which alluded to an individual making a difference as more of an exception than a norm, but my experience with Moremi changed all this. Through this life changing experience, I was able to interact with 24 extraordinary women whose life stories portrayed not only courage, resilience and strength but also the passion and the heart that so many of wrongly believe is lacking in the young women today.
During the 3 week leadership training institute in Ghana, we took classes geared at developing our long term career interests and nurturing us as the change makers of today and tomorrow. Our classes revolved around issues pertaining to human rights, gender based violence, female participation in politics as well aspects of marketing and branding not just our social and profit making ventures but ourselves as change makers. We engaged in heated debates, shared our hopes dreams and aspiration for the women of Africa. We were also mentored by outstanding and inspiring women and men who have for long championed the causes of women and young people in Africa. Through this experience each of us fellows were encouraged to start Community projects within our various countries. The Milead fellowship taught me to believe that an individual can indeed make a difference.
I first heard about the moremi initiative from a friend who happens to be a volunteer ,and then subsequently I started reading up on their activities on the web. It feels good to know that there is an organization that is really genuine in its effort to motivate ,mentor and educate the african female youth into becoming women leaders which goes a long way towards eradicating poverty in the society and also preventing these young ladies from turning towards other negative vices in the society and becoming nuisances to their families.
Indeed ,The Moremi Initiative for women leaders is just the type of non profit organization the african society really need at such a time like this.
Etre MILEAD Fellow, c'est plus qu'une simple aventure, etre MILEAD Fellow, c'est croire en la femme, non pas parce que l'on est femme, mais parce que trop longtemps, il n'a pas été donné aux femmes les capacités de se réveiller, de se réaliser et de se penser en tant que partenaires indispensables au développement. Cette expérience avec MOREMI Initiative m'a permis de murir en quelques semaines, au contact de femmes (et d'hommes) fortes, belles et qui veulent prendre activement part au changement social, culturel, économique et politique de notre continent.
Lorsque j'ai vu l'annonce du programme de fellowship, j'ai immédiatement porté ma candidature. Je venais enfin de trouver le programme qui me correspondait. Oui, on m'offrait la chance de pouvoir rencontrer des filles qui voulaient briser les chaines de leur aliénation "invisible" mais réelle, aller par delà les tabous et les interdits, les prescriptions et le patriarchalisme. Oui oser, etre jeune et femme.
J'ai surtout voulu que la francophonie (ou devrais-je dire les filles issues de pays francophones) soient représentées car bien trop souvent, les initiatives relatives au genre et à l'émancipation de la femme sont anglophones.
I am a 2009/ 2010 Moremi Fellow. I attended the summer institute in Ghana and it was a turning point in my life. We had influential women from Africa mentor us and we had seasoned lecturers.
I was able to interact with other emerging young women leaders from across Africa. We collectively saw a greater need for change in Africa and we started these wave of change by being the change we wanted to see in our Communities and Countries.
Each of us embarked on a community change project that has in turn made the lives of people better.
The truth is no one remains the same after an encounter with Moremi, I am forever grateful fr the opportunity.
I came to know about the Moremi Initiative when i was selected to be a Milead Fellow- among 25 extraordinary young african women between the ages of 18-25. The three weeks summer institute held in Ghana in July provided the opportunity to strengthen my leadership capabilities, specialized training workshops and summits on political participation; economic justice, enviroment; women's health and safety/ HIV/AIDS and such other issues that affects the lives of young women.
The organisation is one of the finest and the most proactive and result oriented in the whole of Africa. The focus is on leadership development of emerging young female leaders and this is one of the greatest resource needed by Africa for positive change.
Involvement with the organisation had made my world larger and populated. I have become truly inspired to do my best in the struggle for social justice. I have become truly inspired