Igniting the Potential of Young Women in Kenya
In the Kawangware and Mathare settlement areas of Kenya, GWLN graduates Alice Waweru (2011) and Pauline Mwangi (2009), both managers at Technoserve Kenya, have changed the lives of over 4,000 vulnerable girls through the Young Women in Enterprise (YWE) program which provides training to unlock economic opportunities. The young women are now on the path to sustainable employment, they have gained confidence, met mentors and formed the social networks essential to ignite their potential.
Supporting Global Tech Women at Global Voices Conference
To celebrate International Women's Day in March 2015, Global Tech Women (GTW) will be hosting its third Voices conference. Founded by Deanna Kosaraju, GWLN 2012 graduate, the annual event will offer a wealth of live- and on-demand sessions for technical women and organizations. GTW is now accepting submissions from speakers and panelists to showcase new technology solutions or best practices.
Life Bloom Launches Women’s One Stop Center and Hosts Step Up Conference
in Naivasha, Kenya, GWLN 2009 graduate Catherine Wanjohi who is the Executive Director of Life Bloom Services International hosted an inaugural Grassroots Women Step Up Conference. In addition to celebrating the gains and successes over the past decade, Life Bloom commissioned 28 new mentors and launched a new Women's One Stop Center to provide additional services to women in Kenya.
New Solo Album Inspires Unity and Peace
GWLN 2009 graduate Maame Afon Yelbert-Obeng has just released a new album called ekome (One). Born in Ghana, she began singing as a teenager at church and entertaining friends and family. Today, Maame is a women's rights activist and a professional artist who shares her gift of singing in many different places. Maame's music has been described as "powerful, transformational and inspiring!"
Celebrating International Day of the Girl 2014
Dining for Women (DFW) will be hosting a special online panel discussion on Fri. Oct. 10 to celebrate International Day of the Girl 2014. Co-founded by GWLN 2009 graduate Marsha Wallace, DFW’s live event will focus on "a holistic approach to girls education', featuring three of their girl-focused programs including BlinkNow. Nepal Youth Foundation and Heshima Kenya.
Water Solutions Trailblazer Speaks at San Francisco Conference
At the Women in Cleantech and Sustainability Fall Speaker Series, GWLN 2011 graduate Gemma Bulos gave a talk on the role of grassroots women in technology and sustainability. As the Director of Global Women's Water Initiative, she also shared how her work has transformed the lives of women in East Africa and helped to provide sustainable clean water and sanitation to over 100,000 people.