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Two Gambian ladies receive MILEAD Fellowship

May 24, 2010, 2:04 PM

Two young Gambian ladies: Amie Kujabi and Satang Nabaneh, who were chosen among 25 emerging African women leaders, have been selected as Moremi Initiative 2010 MILEAD fellows.

The MILEAD fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process and criteria, including their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

A media release sent to us revealed that the 25 selected fellows are some of Africa's most extra-ordinary young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of their communities, and Africa as a whole.

Ms. Amie Kujabi and Satang Nabaneh are both youth advocates, who have been part of Voice of The Young under the Child Protection Alliance, Red Cross Society, and Gender Action Team and have served in different capacities in different organisations.

Ms. Kujabi and Ms. Nabaneh, both of whom are currently students at the University of The Gambia, are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people, most especially young women.

The 2010 fellows represent a regional diversity- coming from 20 African countries and the Diaspora with multi-disciplinary academic, professional and social backgrounds.  They are emerging young women leaders from public and private sectors, academia, media, and non-profit sectors. The 2010 class are between 19- 25 years of age and are already engaged in actively leading change on critical issues, including economic  and environmental justice, women’s health and HIV/AIDS; community development, women’s political participation, education, and youth empowerment.

The MILEAD fellows will converge in Accra, Ghana to kick-start the 2010 MILEAD Fellows Program with a three-week intensive leadership institute. The 2010 Institute will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon- Accra.

It will enable the fellows to cross-examine concepts of leadership in a broad African context, cultivate the skills and experiences women need to occupy and excel in leadership positions, and gain knowledge on cutting-edge issues critical to African women and their communities. Additionally, experienced and accomplished women leaders who are committed to supporting and nurturing the next generation of African women leaders will mentor fellows during the period.

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development and promotion of Africa's most promising young women leaders. Fellows go through a yearlong training and mentoring programme, designed to build skills, strengthen networks, and support women’s leadership on critical issues.

Over the course of a year, selected fellows progress through three phases that include: identification and preparation of fellows through leadership development, networking, conferences, mentoring, and training, promotion of fellows through media coverage and networking, and support of fellows through career planning, management, and access to opportunities and resources. Fellows continue to receive and share lifelong solidarity and support through the Alumni Network of the Program.