We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new program this week! Three young women’s rights activists from Mexico, Palestine, and Sudan have been nominated to participate in the six-month Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program. The women, between the ages of 20-30, have been tireless activists for peace and justice within their communities – and work at the grassroots level for women’s rights.
The Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program begins with a six week residency period at the Nobel Women’s Initiative office in Ottawa. Each participant will work closely with our team to build on their existing advocacy and communication skills, while providing a chance to share their work defending women’s rights with an international audience.
We are very excited this week to begin welcoming our participants in Ottawa!
While in Ottawa, the mentorship participants will also be working closely with the Nobel Women’s Initiative team to develop a joint advocacy project they will implement upon return home within their region – putting all of their new skills to work.
Joining us in Ottawa from August 30 until October 13, 2012 are:
Mexico’s Maria Luisa Aguilar Rodriguez
International Unit Officer, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña “Tlachinollan”
Palestine’s Aghssan Barghouthi
Media Coordinator, Stop the Wall Campaign
Sudan’s Walaa Salah Mohamed Abdelrhman
Sudan Advocacy and Networking Officer, Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)
Follow the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program blog for updates from Maria Luisa, Aghssan, and Walaa – as they discover Canada and share with you their own thoughts about women’s rights in their country from a young activists point of view.
We hope you – and all the young activists you know – will tune in!