Throughout the six weeks I was repeatedly inspired by the other participants, Maha and Andrea, and by the work they do in their countries. Our time together helped to build not only a team but also a strong bond between us. We can use this bond in the future to examine and refine our work from different international perspectives.
One of the workshop facilitators, Chris Jones, inspired me and gave me insight into the importance of balancing work with personal care. This training gave me time to reflect on how important it is to always consider our self-care, especially given how exhausting our work can be. Also, I learned to use self-care as a strategy to reduce stress and create a sustainable lifestyle so that I can fulfill all of my roles and responsibilities. When I return home, I will need to practice what I have learned to be able to develop different work strategies.
The Mentorship program was also an opportunity for me to network and build alliances. These new networks have extended my outreach and intervention to a wider range. I was able to share my experiences with various partners and communities. They say knowledge is power but knowledge won’t be powerful if you don’t use it, and share it.
Thank you to the Nobel Women’s Initiative for the opportunity to participate in the Mentorship program. I hope that more young women activists are able to participate in such an incredible opportunity to advance their work in various parts of the world.