Young Women Leaders Program

YWLP Cohort 1 with their mentors. Image: Faith Mutegi

Young Women Leaders Program, YWLP, is an Amani Women Network innovative outreach program, providing leadership and practical training to diverse women on peace building and conflict resolution issues. The program also aims at providing a one-to-one professional mentoring platform for young women in Kenya, linking them with pioneer peace builders from diverse backgrounds.

The goal of the YWLP is to guide and mentor young women for them to take up roles of leadership and success in the peace building industry.  The young women are trained in transformational leadership, Women, Peace and Security Agenda, conflict transformation and peace building among other topics, for them to be well equipped in their discipline of interest.

Women representation in Peace building is low, as such, their support to budding young peace builders may be minimal. Amani Women Network, AWN, is therefore spearheaded a pioneer structured program in line with the mentorship request and the Kenya National Action Plan (KNAP) for United Nations Security Council (UNSCR) 1325 and UNSCR 2050 to bridge this gap.

The Young Women Leadership Program is a program that provides leadership and practical training on peace building and conflict resolution issues to young women peace builders in Kenya.

The goal of the Young Women Leadership Program was to guide and mentor young women into roles of leadership and success in the peace building industry.  More than 20 young women from 11 counties were trained in transformational leadership, Women, Peace and Security Agenda, conflict transformation and peace building among other topics.

The three-day forum was hosted by Amani Women Network (AWN) in partnership with United Nations Development Program and the National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management, under the theme ‘Mentorship in Peace Building: Women’s Perspective’. The program provided structured coursework led by experts in the industry, building a solid foundation for Young Leaders to enact change in their respective disciplines. The training focused on transformational leadership, Women, Peace and Security Agenda, conflict transformation and peace building, gender equality and basic proposal writing.

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