Interviewed by Swedish National Radio

On April 19 Women for Education’s board members Mikaela Rosén and Emma Algotsson were interviewed by the Swedish national radio channel P4 Radio Stockholm. Follow the link http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/878586?programid=2830 and listen to Eftermiddag i P4 Stockholm from April 19, we go live after 12 minutes and 30 seconds. Sorry to all our English followers, it’s in Swedish but we assure you it is high quality

 

Let us introduce Jackline – our new fantastic student!

We are extremely happy and proud to present the incredibly intelligent young woman called Jackline. Jackline is a hardworking and perseverant woman from Mutomo who has shown great academic achievements throughout her life. She is now studying a Bachelors degree in food, nutrition and dietetics, and is truly passionate about her studies. Nutrition is a major concern as there are many cases of malnutrition affecting especially children aged below 5 years. The amazing Jackline has already volunteered as nutritionist and in nutrition education programmes in hospitals.

Jackline would like to fight gender based violence and advocate for gender equality in future. She preaches the spirit of high self-esteem in the society since she believes one problem with violation of women is the lack of confidence in themselves. Therefore, she would like to work with organizations which support girl child education and deal with women empowerment, hence the mission of Women for Education. As a nutritionist, Jackline wants to can reach her community and teach and counsel them about the need for good nutrition.

Like Women for Education, Jackline also thinks gender equality is the view that everyone should receive equal treatment and that should not be discriminated based on their gender. Jackline sees that it can be achieved by eliminating gender inequality in employment by decreasing women reliance on informal employment by empowering women to get formal jobs and increasing women share of seats in the national parliaments and local government bodies. Furthermore, it is also vital to combat violence against girls and women in order to create an equal society.

Women for Education is immensely proud and honored to support the amazingly smart Jackline in her studies, and we strongly believe she will achieve great change in the society.

Beautiful words from the lovely Diana

Diana has sent us wonderful words about her first semester at Kenyatta University, where she is studying Economics and Finance. When Women for Education met Diana and her family in their home in Mutomo this summer, we were touched by her dedicated warm personality and we are looking forward to follow this young woman throughout her time in school and in her future career. Read more about her first semester and enjoy her beautiful and caring thoughts. 

My coming to university is a big dream accomplished in my life at last. I sincerely pass my gratetude to you all for seeing it right to take charge in educating me. I now feel better since i’m now in a position to get the right modelling to become a person of substance in the country and the world at large.

I now feel better since i’m now in a position to get the right modelling to become a person of substance in the country and the world at large.

Upon my coming here i have learned many things, some of them being having been placed into a position to brighten my future, i also have the chance now to exchange ideas with others adequately, thus knowing where we need to join efforts as a people for betterment of the entire nation and the global development too. University life is enabling me practise most theories i learn like issues of creative and critical thinking. Given that the place comprises everything and every sort of persons, morally upright and vice versa, it’s upon one to be wise and choose what best suits them. This requires proper reasoning.

I am hoping that this education will impart knowledge in me which i can use to develop the economy of our nation and the entire world. I believe that the education I’m acquiring will leave me  competent and a prudent person able to fit well in the society interms of manpower, decision-making and provision of solutions to matters of public concern.

Lastly, as a lady, I hope this position of being in campus will create some desire in young ladies too, who feel challenged and would thereafter work hard also to join universities hence boosting the number of literate and capable women from the grassroots. As a result, our grievances as the feminine gender will have a good number to air it and see to it’s accomplishments.

 

Thank you Diana for your positive energy and drive, Women for Education is honoured to support you!

“I am in the best place that I could ever wish to be in”

As 2016 has ended and we have entered a new year, we are excited to give you an update on the incredible year Women for Education has had.  We accepted the first four girls to our program and we are immensely proud of their motivation and drive. We communicate on a weekly basis with the girls and they send us updates on their university life. Please read Faith’s beautiful words and be inspired to make a change and contribute to a better world!

Stepping my feet in the university was the most wonderful and long awaited thing that has ever happened in my life. I always dreamt of it but at some point I went blank about this due to some inconveniencies. But Women For Education group has made my dream come true. I am in the best place that I could ever wish to be in.

I am in the best place that I could ever wish to be in.

Life in general is full of fun and seriousness at the same time. No one is there to control you. We have now done the introductory part of my course and it’s unexpectedly interesting. Not as many used to discourage me about it. I have met very interesting, funny and determined friends who have been hand in hand with me throughout. I have also enjoyed some outs that we’ve been going with my friends on weekend. The lectures have been so interesting especially Nigerian lecturers. They are so funny and you know, I love their movies and thus enjoy to see them talk in real life. We’ve also gone through various sessions of guidance and counselling about education and also real life situation. I’ve also joined the YCS group  and also a player in lawn tennis. It’s really been a stressfree moment .I have always committed myself to one Activity or the other. I am so proud to be a WFE member. We’ll live to lead.

Faith, we are so happy and proud to support you in your education and we believe you will achieve amazing things in the future!

More Good News – Welcome Linn!

Women for Education is happy to announce a new member to our team – Linn Alfredsson. As a project manager, Linn will join our team and further bring new experiences and skills into the organization. We are certain that she will help us to pursue our goal to provide higher education to young women around the world.
 
Linn has a Master degree (LLM) in Business and Tax Law from Lund University. She works as a lawyer in the global legal department at H&M Headquarters in Stockholm and has a passion to inspire and empower young women. She wants to make a difference in the lives of young women through providing them with the financial stability in order to pursue an education. Furthermore Linn has experience of various projects working for women’s equality as well as co-founding a mentorship program for female law students to connect with professionals early on in their careers. With an ambition to make a difference and inspire women to become leaders of the future, we are sure Linn will contribute to Women for Education!
 
Welcome Linn, we are very excited to have you on the team!

Women for Education wish to welcome Sofia – our new brilliant team member!

Women for Education is happy to announce that the intelligent Sofia has joined our team! It is our pleasure to have Sofia as a part of Women for Education focusing on accounting and bookeeping. She has a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Lund University and is living in Stockholm since two years now working as a Business Operations Specialist at Microsoft AB.
Sofia has experience in entrepreneurship and engagements in non-profit organisations working with accounting and financials. So when we reached out to Sofia and gave her the opportunity to be a part of Women for Education and contribute with her knowledge to the organisation, we were very happy that she wanted to join us. The aspiration to work for the empowerment of women and the opportunity for higher education, irrespective of what part of the world we live in, is what drives Sofia to work for this organisation.

Welcome Sofia, we are very happy to have you and your brilliant competence on our team!

“Individuals should have the right to choose between various lifestyles, regardless of gender”

Women for Education is very proud to support Beatrice as she will study Economics and Sociology at Egerton University for the next four years. She is a young woman from Mutomo who is a great inspiration to Women for Education thanks to her amazing motivation and ambitions for the future.

As the oldest of eight siblings, Beatrice learned early to take responsibility; of younger siblings, the family’s property, but above all of her own life. This has made her dedicated, hard-working and optimistic. She believes her university studies will improve her possibilities to achieve change in her community.

Beatrice works as a teacher in a primary school and beside her work she has many interests. In her free time, she trains the volleyball team in her village and she also enjoys acting and writing.

During Beatrice’s interview with Women for Education, she confidently stated “Individuals should have the right to choose between various lifestyles, regardless of gender.” She wants to ensure that equal rights are instituted and that other young people are able to reach their full potential through access to higher education.

“Individuals should have the right to choose between various lifestyles, regardless of gender.”

As an all-around great person and a dedicated hard-worker, we strongly believe Beatrice will go far. We hope you find your studies inspiring and wish you the best of luck!

The intelligent and goal-oriented Diana!

Let us introduce the fantastic Diana, an intelligent and hard-working young woman who will pursue a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Finance at Kenyatta University.

Diana describes herself as a patient and flexible team-player with a great passion for development in her society. She and her two siblings are raised by their single mother, an experience that developed her independence and mentality at an early age. Diana has always been a committed student and has been involved in several student organizations such as the journalism club.

Diana holds a great interest in gender equality and aspires to strengthen her society by promoting and advocating women’s rights. She sees education as crucial for gender equality as it can raise awareness of the rights of women and believes that The political, economic and social rights of both men and women should be respected and strictly adhered to for gender equality to be upheld.”

Diana sees issues of gender equality in the labour market and domestic abuse as great hindrances for women in her society. She believes a successful leader is a good team player who shows support and understanding for the people and challenges in the organization.

“The political, economic and social rights of both men and women should be respected and strictly adhered to for gender equality to be upheld.”

Diana’s goal-oriented and positive attitude made an impact on us. Women for Education is certain she will achieve her dreams and be a great contributor to society in the future! We are very happy to support Diana in her education and wish her the best of luck!

“Further studies can open women’s minds and make them realize who they are so that they can start working for their future.”

Meet Faith, an amazing and smart young woman from Mutomo who will pursue studies in IT at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Faith has always been a driven student and has also shown great engagement in extracurricular activities, including involvement in agricultural programs and the science club, as well as being a prefect at school.

Faith wants to challenge the male-dominated business world of IT and question the status quo. Her grandfather has been a great inspiration to her, encouraging her to enter the field of IT and engineering.

 

Faith believes education is key to attaining gender equality. She believes that if more girls are given the opportunity to an education, their confidence will be increased and they will feel encouraged to pursue a career. This will enable them to be empowered and contribute to their family and society. A lot of girls dropps out of school, for example as a result of pregnancy, and Faith believes the chance for girls to continue their education is essential. She states: “Further studies can open women’s minds and make them realize who they are so that they can start working for their future.”

“Further studies can open women’s minds and make them realize who they are so that they can start working for their future.”

Faith would like to become a role model for young women in Mutomo and raise the education level in her community by initiating programs. Then you are in need of good leadership. Qualities such as kindness, courage and confidence are crucial in successful leadership, according to Faith. Furthermore, she believes a good leader should show commitment in her organization by being helpful and hard-working.  
Women for Education is honored to support Faith and looks forward to following her journey! Good luck Faith!

We are proud to present Winnie – the biochemist!

Women for Education is very excited to present the intelligent, passionate and goal-oriented Winnie who will pursue studies in biochemistry at Pwani University. She dreams of being a female role model in science and to inspire other young women to realize their dreams.

Winnie grew up in a small village in Mutomo and is the only child in her family. She knows the importance of having someone who believes in you and encourages you to dream big. She says “You have to tell girls, and make them believe, that that they are as capable as men. Prove it to those who say you are wrong by setting an example yourself.”  She was lucky to be encouraged by a teacher and in the future she wants to give that back to other girls. According to Winnie, encouragement and awareness are key factors in achieving gender equality.

“You have to tell girls, and make them believe, that that they are as capable as men. Prove it to those who say you are wrong by setting an example yourself.”

Winnie has most likely already managed to affect other young people as she has been working as a teacher since finishing secondary school. She really enjoyed making other students realize their potential and helping them in building stronger confidence.

In the future, Winnie wants to develop society through research in medicine and increased awareness of women’s rights. By choosing a profession where women are underrepresented, she wishes her decision can inspire other women to dare follow their dreams of professional life and not let misconceptions about women get in their way.

Winnie, we are very proud to support you and wish you the best of luck!