Rising Voices

Through our Rising Voices initiatives, we reach out to the next generation of women leaders around the world. We engage young women and girls through mentoring, communications skills and leadership training — offering them the opportunity to give voice to a range of pressing challenges facing youth today, from forced marriage to equal access to education.

 

Rising Voices: Unleashing Young Women's Leadership Potential

In October, Vital Voices hosted a five-day leadership, communication and skills training program in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Adolescent Girls Initiative and in partnership with World Bank Group and Nike Foundation.

The program brought together young women from Afghanistan, Jordan, Liberia, Laos, Nepal and Southern Sudan. The training culminated with an event hosted by World Bank President Robert Zoellick, which highlighted the Adolescent Girls Initiative and featured these young women’s stories. Following the program, participants have the opportunity to be mentored by women in their communities and to implement community service projects with support from Vital Voices and its partners.

Read a summary of Rising Voices: Unleashing Young Women's Leadership Potenial.

 

Young Women’s Leadership & Communications Training in Kenya

In collaboration with the Nike Foundation, we brought together 10 young women, ages 12-23, for a leadership and communications skills training in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2008.

Girls learned how to lend their voices to the challenges faced by young women by playing a leadership role in their communities. At the close of the program, they represented their generation at the official launch of the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation, a global public-private partnership to eliminate HIV/AIDS in youth.

 

Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Eurasia

In October 2007, we brought together 10 young women, ages 16-22, from across Eurasia for two-day training and mentoring program to promote leadership skills and girls’ involvement in civil society. 

Girls were paired with regional women leaders in business, human rights and government, who served as mentors. Following the training program, girls and their mentors participated in Vital Voices of Eurasia: A leadership Summit for Women and Girls, where they joined in on a regional dialogue to address the challenges affecting Eurasia.

 

Investing in the Next Generation of Pan-African Women’s Leadership

In partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, we brought together 25 young women, ages 15-20, from Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda to participate in a leadership training and mentoring retreat in January 2007.

Girls were mentored by established women leaders from Africa during the two-day program.  At the close of the mentorship retreat, girls and their mentors participated in Vital Voices of Africa: A Pan-African Leadership Summit for Women and Girls, where Rising Voices participants were given a platform to express their views on economic development, political participation and human rights issues affecting the African continent.