By Zhang Edwin, CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor,
Women make up over half the African population. Yet only 12% of these women have access to education and professional training. As a result, not only are these women deprived of the opportunity to fulfil their potential, their communities miss out too. Because when you teach 1 woman, you reach 100s, our African Women’s Leadership Program (AWLEAD) is committed to empowering women aged 18-25 to achieve their professional goals and become the change they want to see in their communities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Despite making up over half the population, African women are still disadvantaged and excluded both in the job market and in their own communities. Only 12% have access to necessary skills and education, resulting in the majority of women being unable to compete in the job market, and thus unable to support themselves, falling victim to early marriage and other societal pressures. Not only are these women denied their rights, but Africa’s economy also suffers when these women are excluded.
How will this project solve this problem?
We provide women with the professional training, skills, mentoring and networks to succeed. Upon completing the AWLEAD program, women return to their communities better equipped to be the change they want to see. They engage with their former schools and community groups, sharing what they have learnt and leading community development projects from which members of their community will benefit further. Passing forward what the have learnt, graduates also help other women achieve their goals.
Potential Long Term Impact
The AWLEAD Program fellows learn new skills throughout the program and pass on the skills they have learnt to other women while leading community development projects. The new skills gained help participants get the job they want, leading to more African women into the job market, and into positions of community development and leadership. In this way, we’re furthering women’s rights and economic well-being, and pushing for greater gender equality in Africa.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,000
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,000
Total Funding Goal: $5,000