Abuja – The Convener and President, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu has charged women to mentor younger ones to achieve individual and collective goals.
She made this known during the launch of African Women Conference held at the Exhibition Pavilion of the International Conference Centre, saying , it became imperative for young girls and women to be mentored by older ones.
According to her, the leadership development programme was an initiative aimed at bridging the gap and encouraging women to be mentors to the gorl-child and serve as model to them, assisting them through their chosen careers or business enterprises.
“AWC Leadership Development Centre for Women and Girls is an initiative of the Africa Women Conference to raise female community leaders in every African society who understeer importance and are committed to ensuring that sustainable development of their communities.
“The Leadership Development Centre equips young women and girls with skills required to take up leadership roles through personal and career growth.
“The centre provides this group a platform for highly skilled international resource persons who are driving force change across fields to provide training and mentorship for African women and girls living in under-resourced communities thereby enabling them to aspire for excellence and leadership while helping them realize their full potentials.
“The Centre achieves this by running a full circle of practical and theoretical impartation which begins with a workshop that enables mentors meet physically with their mentees via group and individual trainings.
“During the workshop, resource persons will work with the mentees to develop individual work plans that will be implemented over a six-months period in the mentee’s communities. Both parties remain in touch via online and physical platforms during this period.
“After six months, the mentees’ performances are evaluated through a peer review mechanism, the best performing leaders in various sectors are then selected and empowered to do more for their communities”, she stressed.
Earlier, Ace Nollywood actress, Tonto Dike said young girls represent the change the Centre was set up to achieve.
She also urged them to always be bold, determined and firm in whatever was right and they believed in, adding that she liked to show up whenever and wherever issues regarding women emancipation and development were discussed.
According to her, “I am proud to be a woman. You can do more and you are enough. Train yourselves and be bold when you meet people and always a take a word home whenever you meet people in an event like this.”
Also, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche while admonishing the female folk told them that it was time they began to mentor and support themselves, even as he advised them to come up with platforms such cooperatives where they could support one another.
Advising them to work with the concept, “One for all and all for one”, the NUJ Chairman stressed that leadership represented service and a women was also about service, hence the need for women to be given more space in politics and governance.