The programme, which is being undertaken by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA), in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), has been created to enhance the capacity of girls and women across the island to take on leadership roles in all spheres, particularly in the areas of political and economic leadership.
Some 35 of the 160 females targeted, began their training on Monday, July 15, following an opening ceremony at the Old Hope Road location of MIND, in Kingston.
The United Nations Women funded leadership initiative forms part of the Way Out Project, which was envisioned by BWA and developed in partnership with the DRF to promote the sustainable implementation of Jamaica’s National Policy for Gender Equality (NPGE) and to create opportunities for economic and political empowerment of girls and women, while increasing public awareness of the importance of gender equality for national development.
Addressing the girls at the opening, Director, Public Service Capability Development, MIND, Ann-Marie Smith, noted that the persons selected to be a part of the programme are seen as potential leaders, who aspire to leadership positions, and have the capacity and potential to create change and to maintain and sustain that change.
“You are seen as a select group of persons who are going to help to make a difference, not just for young women in this country, but for the country generally. You have the opportunity to increase our advocacy efforts and to increase your leadership efforts as well,