Zim women among top African leaders

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MOREMI Initiative for Women’s Leadership (Milead) in Africa has selected Sinqobile Ndlovu and Tafadzwa Bete Sasa as part of the most outstanding emerging women leaders in Africa.

NONHLANHLA SIBANDA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Milead was founded in 2004 in Accra, Ghana, and strives to engage, inspire and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs and change agents.

It wants them to be leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimise and perpetuate injustices and discrimination against women.

From over 1 260 applications from 42 countries, 28 were selected as some of Africa’s most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of the continent.

Fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process with criteria based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

The 2014 fellows are between the ages of 19 and 25, but are already actively leading change on pertinent issues, both at a grassroots and international level.

Ndlovu will represent Zimbabwe while the Zimbabwean born Sasa will represent Zambia where she is currently based.

In an interview with Southern Eye, Ndlovu was elated and said she would be travelling to Ghana next month for a three-week training programme, after which she would return to initiate her projects.

“I am truly humbled and proud to say that I am one of the 26 young women leaders selected. I will therefore meet with other fellows and represent my country in Accra this July,” Ndlovu said.

Awarded the 2012 young manager of the year second runner-up Bulawayo region by the Zimbabwe Institute of Management for results achieved between the ages of 22 and 23, Ndlovu is a results oriented business development professional and social innovation enthusiast whose career is highlighted with resounding achievements and excellence awards.

She founded Inclusive Mobilisation and Investment of Resources in AfriQa Foundation in 2013, which she believes would complement local government efforts to empower local communities and women, especially to seek their own African-led sustainable development.

Sasa was selected for her remarkable track record as a vibrant young active citizen who is committed to empowering other young people to create positive change they seek in their lives and communities.

She is currently working with Alchemy Women in Leadership Zambia, a national initiative dedicated to supporting a higher female representation in leadership in the workplace and the broader Zambian community where she is currently based.

Sasa holds a BSc human resource management from the Midlands State University and is a member of the Safaids regional young women leadership programme.