Story: Zainabu Issah
In line with efforts to encourage women to take leadership roles, a number of women in leadership positions have come together to dialogue on issues and choices relevant to the lives and careers of young professionals.
Dubbed “Mentoring Walk”, mentees are exposed to the various aspects of the lives of women in leadership, business, politics and in society. They also spend a number of working days with their mentors, understudying them at work. In addition to this, group networking sessions are held to give mentors and mentees an opportunity to assess the programme for themselves and also give feedback and affirmation to what they have achieved through the mentorship.
Speaking at the launch of the Mentoring Walk in Accra, Madam Brigitte Dzogbenuku, the founder of the programme, said women, especially in developing countries, must recognise the need to play their roles in the development of their countries.
“We need to stand and make our voices heard, claim our space and not only a few of us but a movement who will support other women in leadership,” she stressed.
She added that fostering mentoring relationships would promote women’s leadership and participation by providing aspiring women professionals with the support and guidance they needed to be successful.
Additionally, to ensure the continuous dialogue between the mentor and the mentee, a monthly forum conversations is provided to encourage the discussion of issues pertinent to women rights and empowerment.
Madam Dzogbenuku added that the forum also showcases women in various leadership positions whose lives are worthy of emulation.
She encouraged young women to apply to participate in the programme in order to discuss issues regarding professional challenges and successes in order to guide, advise and support each other as peers and as women, and impact on the lives of people in their communities.