After six (6) months of learning, the 1st Phase of our Young Women Mentorship Program came to an end on October 26th, 2016 with a lessons learnt and certificate presentation session facilitated by the Fund’s Programmes Coordinator, Mr. Tony Abu Odeh. The program which is funded by the Voices for Change Project (V4C) aims to develop a critical mass of young women leaders in Nigeria.

Sharing their experiences and success stories, Falilat Ahmed says she has learnt about project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, data driven analysis and research through the programme from her mentor – Dr Kole Shettima who plans to engage her through the World food programme.

Rashidat Omeiza learnt to start small and has already begun work on her project ‘Rash-Ali co-operative group’ where she provides interest free soft loans to women in Gwagwalada. She has already assisted 24 women with soft loans, skills acquisition training sessions for four (4) secondary school students – one of whom was able to pay his school fee with the skill acquired. Rashidat hopes that these community efforts will speak for her in the future when she contests for public office.

Mrs. Omowumi Asubiaro-Dada, Output 4 Lead of V4C commended the young women and the Fund for the outcomes of the mentorship program. She advised all mentees to join Purple and register for Purple Academy which is changing social norms.

Addressing the mentees, the Fund’s CEO Mrs. Olufunke Baruwa advised young women to engage in politics through social cause campaigns, community projects amongst others. She noted that we cannot all hold public office but we can influence government policies and programs since politics surpasses being elected or appointed.