Participants at the Accra Women in Leadership Workshop.
Australia Awards commemorated the 2019 International Women’s Day, by hosting a series of workshops for alumnae in Abuja, Accra, Nairobi and Pretoria.
This year’s theme “Balance for Better” speaks to the Australian Government’s priorities, exemplified by Australia Awards and the Women in Leadership Network (WIL), to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as enhance women’s voice in decision making and leadership.
For Mankeleme Letswalo, from South Africa, leadership entails breaking stereotypes and empowering women to be anything that they set their minds.
Nigerian participant, Dorothy Iseghohi, said her key highlight was the need for leadership to start with the individual before it could cascade to the communities and the nation at large.
Liberian, Patience Beyan, acknowledged that being a woman should not be a consideration when overcoming societal and gender challenges. “Competence matters whether you are a woman or man, young or old” she asserted.
Muringe Wa Githomi, from Kenya, reflected her stand out lesson as “Understanding yourself and defining your space”. For her, it was essential to realise that circumstances did not change overnight and instead it was up to individuals to rise despite challenging conditions.
Building resilience was echoed by other women who believed that despite their strengths or weaknesses it was important to stand true to their principles and recognise how their personalities correlate with leadership — a step towards being authentic and living their truth.
The Women in Leadership Workshops provided an opportunity for alumnae to strengthen existing knowledge and demonstrate their leadership skills. The Women in Leadership Network is made up of over 350 alumnae who focus on leading change in their various spheres of influence, throughout the continent. For more information on the network, click here.