Walking for Women’s Leadership: 87 Mentoring Walks to take place on International Women’s Day

On March 5, 2016 thousands of women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day with the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network (GLN) through our signature event – the Global Mentoring Walk. For nearly ten years, these walks have connected established women leaders and a rising generation of aspiring leaders to foster women’s leadership through mentoring. This year there are 87 walks planned in 59 countries – an all-time high.

 

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political contributions of women around the world. But while progress has been made, there is still work to be done.  International Women’s Day serves as a call to action to close the gap between progress and potential, in order to accelerate gender parity globally.

 

Each year, key members of the Vital Voices GLN serve as Mentoring Walk Flag Bearers. As Flag Bearers, they lead the design and implementation of Mentoring Walk events in their communities. While Flag Bearers tailor their walks to address pressing challenges in their local communities, each walk is designed to bring women together to provide mentorship, guidance and support, so that progress can be made even faster.  Ever year, women around the world share with us that this mentorship, guidance and support leads to incredible impact in their communities: 

 

Women from around the world can speak to the impact of the Mentoring Walk and their experience as participants. 

 

“Bringing the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk to Kathmandu narrowed [the] gaps within the Nepalese culture and created a platform of cooperation between established and emerging women leaders…From this first Mentoring Walk I have realized that empowerment is possible when women support one another, develop strong networks and collaborate with each other to realize their full potential” – Samjhana Phuyal describing Nepal’s inaugural Mentoring Walk in 2015

When they walk together, women and girls demonstrate the power of sharing successes and challenges, and building meaningful connections that boost confidence and promote growth and leadership. For many, the connections they build are the start of an ongoing mentoring relationship and trigger a greater resolve pay it forward to other women and girls in their community. 

 

“Above all, mentoring is a partnership…and because I can’t directly pay back my mentors for all the help they have provided, I choose to pay it forward instead. The real advantage of mentoring it in its ability to be transitive, because power shared is power amplified.” -Alyse Nelson, President and CEO, Vital Voices


Truly a global movement, the Mentoring Walks will take place in nearly every corner of the globe to celebrate International Women’s Day. See if there is a walk in your hometown and Join Vital Voices, as well as thousands of women across the world as we walk together on March 5, 2016:

 

City

Country

Flag Bearer

SĢ©tif

Algeria

Nassima Hofra

Buenos Aires

Argentina

MarĢ_a Emilia Vanin

Cordoba

Argentina

Maria Laura Faroa

Rosario

Argentina

Maria Cecilia Ribecco

Salta

Argentina

Milagro Lopez Sanabria

Tucuman

Argentina

Herminia Ledesma

Ushuaia

Argentina

Marilina Henninger

Geelong

Australia

Colette Cross

SĢ£o Paulo

Brazil

Ana Fontes

Bamenda

Cameroon

Awondo Judith

Fundong

Cameroon

Awondo Judith

YaoundĢ©

Cameroon

Domou Bergeline

Douala

Cameroon

Edna Njilin

San Jose

Costa Rica

Gioconda Lizano

Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mireille Tushiminina

Quito

Ecuador

Maria Sara Jijon Calderon

San Salvador

El Salvador

Rocio Flores

Addis Ababa

Ethiopia

Feven Haddis

Accra

Ghana

Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Sunyani

Ghana

Rosina Teye

Guatemala City

Guatemala

Dina De Dios

Petion Ville

Haiti

Charlotte Tanis

Tegucigalpa

Honduras

Cecilia Martinez

Bangalore

India

Rekha Kurup

Chennai

India

Kirthi Jayakumar

Jaipur

India

Archana Surana

Pune

India

Sweta Mohapatra

Kingston

Jamaica

Nadeen Spence and Yaneek Page

Amman

Jordan

Tamara Abdel-Jaber

Nairobi

Kenya

Elizabeth Osewe

Siaya

Kenya

Elizabeth Odera

Beirut

Lebanon

Rima Kotaiche

Paynesville

Liberia

Nancy Obi

Antananarivo

Madagascar

Razafinimanana Nirisoa Malalatiana

Lilongwe

Malawi

Tamala Chirwa

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Radziah Radzi

Bamako

Mali

Hadeye Maiga

Gao

Mali

Hadeye Maiga

Mexico City

Mexico

Luz Maria de la Mora

Yangon

Myanmar

Htar Htar

Windhoek

Namibia

Anne Gebhardt

Kathmandu

Nepal

Samjhana Phuyal

Managua

Nicaragua

Ana Zavala

Abuja

Nigeria

Florence Oozr and Odion Anavhe

Calabar

Nigeria

Victoria Emah-Emah and Esther Eshiet

Enugu

Nigeria

Joy Eze

Ibadan

Nigeria

Topsie Egbetokun

Ilorin

Nigeria

Tosin Apiriola

Kaduna

Nigeria

Habiba Ali

Lagos

Nigeria

Lucy Kanu and Kokoma Williams

Obosi

Nigeria

Tessie Udegboka

Belfast

Northern Ireland

Carol Fitzsimon

Johi

Pakistan

Hakim Zadi

BietLahem

Palestine

Sherin Allan

Panama City

Panama

Dalys Rodriguez

Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea

Rose Henry

Arequipa

Peru

Jessica Rodriguez

Lima

Peru

Jessica Soto

Puerto Princesa City

Philippines

Amina Swanepoel

Warsaw

Poland

Daria Mejnartowicz

Doha

Qatar

Jiskala Khalayli 

Castries

Saint Lucia

Thecla Deterville

Belgrade

Serbia

Andrea Brbakli€ą

Freetown

Sierra Leone

Candelaria Irazusta

Johannesburg

South Africa

Hema Vallabh

Madrid

Spain

Sandra Slavkis

Dar Es Salaam

Tanzania

Emelda Mwamanga

Bangkok

Thailand

Mari Sawai

Lome

Togo

Candide Leguede

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

Nicole Joseph Chin

Scarborough

Trinidad and Tobago

Nicole Joseph Chin

Tunis

Tunisia

Douja Gharbi

Dubai

UAE

Mona Tavassoli

Arua

Uganda

Alice Emasu Seruyange

Kampala

Uganda

Rehmah Kasule

Kyanja

Uganda

Rachel Nankya

Mbarara

Uganda

Orator Twesiime

Odessa

Ukraine

Olga Azarova and Olena Galushko

Miami

United States

Maria Gabriela Hoch

Seattle

United States

Rostia Van Coevorden

Montevideo

Uruguay

Paula Gallotti

Lenakel

Vanuatu

Mary Jack

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam

Le Rodriguez

Hoa Binh City

Vietnam

Duc Nguyen

Sanaa

Yemen

Mudeerah Al Sayyad

Lusaka

Zambia

Lumbiwe Lulu Limbikani

Harare

Zimbabwe

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe

 

Learn more about the global Mentoring Walks in Nigeria, the United States, South Africa, and Ghana.

 

Follow the movement and action in real-time at #MentoringWalk.

To participate in a 2016 Mentoring Walk , please email mentoringwalk@vitalvoices.org