From a list of 28 young African women from as many as 26 countries, these three Ghanaian women have gained international attention as the selected group to participate in this year’s Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development (2017 MILEAD) Fellows.
Ms. Iris Kwafo-Mensah, Ms. Fafali, Nyonator, and Ms. Maame Dankwah Twum Barima are the three women who have been chosen, and will be among the women kickstarting this year’s program. Kwafo-Mensah is a women’s education activist who currently serves as a Teach for Ghana Fellow contributing to global education for girls. She has a glowing record as an overall leader who brings about change, and is an advocate for women’s reproductive rights. One of the ways she does this is through her initiative “Pink Aware,” which volunteers with Project Hope.
Nyonator is the founder of FALI’s Foundation, an organization that focuses on community health outreach for women and supports orphans and street children. Its main mission is simply to guide them and give them tools to lead a more productive and fulfilling life. Because her activism focuses on young girls, Nyonator volunteers with GEMgirl, which fights for empowerment of young girls via access to relevant resources and education. She is also a former Women’s Commissioner of the African University College of Communications.
Twum Barima is a Program Assistant at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She is noted for being very creative and skilled in communications, and she has helped develop various marketing strategies to further the brand. Her wish is for her programs to allow more women to become financially independent. After founding Tenacity Clothing Line in April 2017, she still manages to simultaneously run a packaging company called Tenacity Packages, which she began in December 2015.
The MILEAD Fellows Program is a uniquely designed initiative committed to the long-term leadership development and
promotion of Africa’s most promising young female leaders.
Fellows go through a yearlong training and mentoring program designed to build skills, strengthen networks, and support women’s leadership on critical issues. To get to this point, each of these women have already demonstrated their immense dedication and vast desire to help young women in Ghana and in Africa as a whole, from college students, to the Kayaye (child laborers) in Accra.
All of the fellows for 2017 will meet in Accra, Ghana to start up the program together. The three-week intensive program will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. This is a fantastic opportunity for the fellows to hone their skills and to be mentored by experienced, notable, successful women who want nothing more than to cultivate and assist the next generation of female African leaders. We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish.
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