The African Women Leadership Academy Mentorship Program Launch


The African Women Leadership Academy is a non-profit making organisation, which was registered ion the 5th ofMay 2010 under the directorship of Dr M. M. Gilika. It was created to empower young women and girls through networking, mentoring and leadership skills training. It has developed a leadership training programme focusing on character and confidence building, enhancing self-esteem, and resilience building, which may contribute to exceptional school performance and general life skills empowerment for the youth.

TAWLA’s mentoring programme pairs a youth with a caring, responsible mentor, who is trained to focus on trust building, encouragement, and positive reinforcement to inspire and motivate the mentee to achieve personal goals.


  • Acquire skills, open new doors, increase confidence and self- esteem
  • Enhance career and life skills
  • meeting and networking with the right people which can lead to opportunities
  • access to a support system during critical stages of college and career development
  • clear understanding and  enhancement of academic and career development plans
  • ability to develop mentoring relationships in industries where mentoring is not readily available
  • exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • a lasting career network


  1. Director of Ceremony
  2. Welcome remarks
  3. Key note guest speaker: REMARKS BY USAID DIRECTOR
  4. Mentoring Presentation: 
  5. Reflection by Mentee: REMARKS BY A MENTEE
  6. Reflection by Mentor: REMARKS BY A MENTOR
  7. Vote of Thanks

Gaborone Toastmasters Club


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Gaborone Toastmasters Club on Botswana Television show “First Issues”

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Ambassador Gavin Hosts First Meeting of U.S. Embassy’s Youth Advisory Council



On September 18, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana Michelle Gavin hosted the first meeting of the U.S. Embassy’s Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of 20 young leaders who were selected for their outstanding leadership skills and demonstrated ability to engage on issues and concerns that resonate with their peers and the local community. Participants included students, entrepreneurs, peer counselors, human rights and health activists, and young professionals.

During the meeting, participants viewed a screening of U.S. President Barack Obama’s June 2013 speech to African youth at the University of Cape Town, and held a discussion with Ambassador Gavin on solutions to issues facing Batswana youth. Topics discussed included unemployment and health issues, young people’s influence on the decision-making process, the Youth African Leadership Initiative (YALI), education, and political participation.

Addressing council members, Ambassador Gavin said, “It is clear to me that you are already leaders in your communities and I am confident that you will live up to the challenges facing your generation. With that in mind, let’s make today about more than a discussion. Lets look critically at the issues and then come up with an action plan of how you can work together to preserve Botswana’s legacy for future generations- for your children and grandchildren to enjoy after you.”

The Youth Advisory Council is part of the U.S. Embassy’s youth outreach initiative, which prioritizes engagement with young people in order to build their leadership and mentoring skills; provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to live positively; create opportunities for youth to network with each other and meet positive role models; and amplify the impact of youth on other youth.

NB: Youth Advisory Council members from the following organisations that have worked or are working with the embassy on youth projects; Botswana Student Network, University of Botswana, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Botswana Accountancy College, Yarona FM, Young Leaders Organisation, YOHO, UB MEPI, Generation Y, Young Chefs Academy, Econsult Botswana, Prolific Designs, UB Business School, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Tebelopele VTC Centres.

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WSILA2013 Preconference Session 08 September 2013

Powering Africa

Young Women’s Session facilitated by Akili Dada

This introductory session was a great opportunity to meet conference participants and manage the expectations of the participants. The session facilitated by Wanjiru from Akili Dada started off with a networking session in the form of a ‘speed dating’ activity. The room full of women from across Africa both young and seasoned leaders got to introduce themselves and share on what one hopes to get out of the conference.

The participants were grateful to have this platform to learn, share and build long lasting friendships that will help promote women’s leadership in governance participation, conflict management and justice processes.

In group work tips on how one could best thrive i.e. learns, connect and enjoy participating in an international conference of this magnitude were discussed. The following are tips an individual attending an international conference should pay attention to in order to ensure maximum benefit;

  • Know what you want to achieve when attending an international conference, what is your purpose of attending the conference;
  • Study the programme before hand. Do prior research on the topics to be discussed and definitely the speakers/ facilitators.
  • Active participation, be involved- body, mind and soul in the conference. Take part in discussions and do not be hesitant to ask any questions should the need arise.
  • Bring in fresh ideas; do not be skeptical to say something new no matter how ridiculous it may sound.
  • Don’t be shy; we are all here to learn from each other. Feel free to share your opinion.
  • Do not judge, be open-minded and respectful of others.
  • Be ready to learn. Take time to also listen to others.
  • Use social media to disseminate information gathered at the conference.
  • Exchange contacts with others and keep in touch after the conference to facilitate for future project collaborations.

Thank you to the following partners for making this conference possible; Urgent Action Fund Africa, Akili Dada, OSISA, Fordfoundation, Women Empowerment Link, UN Women, African Women’s Development Fund, UNFPA, Young Women’s Christian Association Malawi, Africa Development Altenatives, FAS, The African Capacity Building Foundation, JASS, YWCA, Akina Mama Wa Afrika



Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference

Powering Africa

Re: Invitation to Attend the “Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference,” Lilongwe, Malawi, 9-11 September 2013

Warm greetings from Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa)! Urgent Action Fund- Africa is a women’s human rights Pan-African Fund with offices based in Nairobi, Kenya and in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Since its inception, UAF-Africa has focused on supporting women activists’ work to advance in women’s rights in Africa particularly in governance and supporting women in accessing leadership and decision-making forums especially in contexts where the guarantee of women’s rights is precarious.

Our Advocacy and Alliance Building Programme focuses on enhancing women’s participation in leading transformation through collaboration, building alliances and advocacy for women’s human rights. UAF-Africa recognizes the importance of spaces for women’s human rights and development actors to get together, brainstorm on problems and solutions, strategize on actions, gain new knowledge and be reinvigorated in their activism. It is within this context that UAF-Africa is convening an International Conference to discuss leadership in Africa from an often-overlooked gender perspective.

This Conference will be a joint effort of UAF-Africa, her partners and the Government of Malawi. The President of Malawi, Her Excellency Joyce Banda will inaugurate the Conference. This conference will draw on the African Union vision of an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force of the global arena’ and will seek to contribute to the strategies towards achieving the AU vision through the launch of the Women Steering Innovating Leadership in Africa.

In appreciation of your leadership and contribution in your sector and following your nomination by OSISA, we are pleased to invite you to the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa International Conference scheduled from 9th- 11th September 2013 taking place in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The conference will deliberate on selected topics that will be researched by suitably qualified institutions and presented in plenary, closed sessions and side events. These will include:

1. ‘The African Moment’: a critical and feminist analysis of the social, economic, and political state of Africa including progress and opportunities and its challenges;
2. The African Union vision for Africa;
3. Leadership redefined in the context of Africa’s development needs to determine the type of leadership Africa needs for its transformation. Under this theme, other topics will be discussed including: Leadership role in the management of Africa’s natural and human resources, Women’s leadership, Youth leadership, Lessons from Private Sector leadership, Leadership in the Women’s Movement, the role of media in support of Africa’s transformation;

4. African values with a focus on ethics in leadership; the place of African cultures and traditions in governance and management.