The Young Women Mentorship program matches young women from ages 18 – 35 one-on-one, with high profile women in government, academia, civil society and the private sector as mentors.
In its second phase, the 6 month mentorship program encourages young women to participate in the political process by running for office, making their votes count for candidates of their choice and sparking civic awareness amongst girls and young women. The Women Fund approach to engaging young women is to steer them towards credible and cerebral leadership through mentorship.
With support from the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Voices for Change Program (V4C), 30 aspiring young women were selected (through a competitive process), from more than 900 valid online applications to participate in the second phase of the mentorship program for a period of six (6) months. This intellectual interaction between mentors and mentees aims to groom a successor generation of women leaders and increase women’s leadership capacity and ability to participate in decision making platforms.
The mentees will engage with their mentors to learn confidence, leadership and organizing skills, public speaking, as well as creativity and critical thinking in addition to Fund’s leadership training workshops and local/international exchange programs. The goal of the YWMP is to prepare and grow a critical mass of young women as next generation of women leaders.
The programme has had the privilege of engaging diverse leaders of thought as mentors including the likes of Hajiya Amina Mohammed, Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Hon. MulikatAkande-Adeola, Dr.Oby Ezekwesili, Barr. Sharon Ikeazor,Dr. Otive Igbuzor,Barr. Ebere Ifendu amongst other notable Nigerians.