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!

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!

“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!

Welcome our new project manager Malin!

Women for Education is happy to announce a new member to our team – Malin Josefsson. As a project manager, Malin will join Amelia and Andrea 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. 

Malin recently finished her Master degree (MLitt) in Marketing at University of St Andrews. She has an interest for equal rights and a belief that education is a fundamental pillar in the process of strengthening women’s position in the society. Before joining Women for Education, Malin has been a part of other projects of improving women’s position through microfinance via Hand in Hand in India. Her own experiences of the value of education inspired her to become involved with Women for Education and she hopes her experiences will contribute to Women for Education’s future growth.  

Welcome Malin, we are very excited to have you on the team!

Women for Education continues to grow – welcome Emma!

Women for Education is very happy to introduce you to a new member of our board – Emma Algotsson. Women for Education will benefit from her valuable legal skills and experience, and we are sure Emma will be a great support in our aim to provide access to higher education to young women in the developing world.

Emma thinks that the idea of giving loans and grants for university studies combined with mentoring programs is great. Emma have had the opportunity to finance her studies through the Swedish financial aid, CSN, and during her time in law school she has had a number of female mentors who she believes has been very helpful in her professional life. Her own experience inspires her to help other young women to get the same opportunity she had. She believes that Women for Education can give more young women access to education and will help them be better prepared for future employments.

Welcome Emma, we are happy to have you on our team!

Welcome our new project managers – Amelia and Andrea!

Women for Education is happy to announce two new members of our team – Amelia Möller Andréewitch and Andrea Dahlbäck. As project managers, Amelia and Andrea have brought new experience and skills into the organization in our pursuit to promote female empowerment.

Amelia Möller Andréewitch is a Master of Laws (LLM) student at Lund University in Sweden. Amelia’s interest for equal rights, combined with her strong belief that education is a key factor to improve the situation for women, are the reasons for her engagement in Women for Education. Before joining Women for Education, Amelia has been part of other projects of improving gender equality through The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and the Red Cross. As a current member of The Royal Swedish Yacht Club Junior Committee she works for promoting issues of gender equality. She enjoys the international atmosphere and worked as secretary during the Global Forum on Migration & Development Prepatory Meetings in Geneva in 2014. She wish to continue on the international path and to further explore how gender equality can be established on a global level.

Andrea Dahlbäck is a psychology student from Stockholm University with a great passion for gender equality. She holds a strong interest for the development and empowerment of girls and women, which matches Women for Education’s ambitions. Andrea has spent semesters abroad at Columbia University, New York and the National University of Singapore, Singapore to study sociology and psychology with focus on gender and women. Her experience from universities across the globe motivated her to help other young women in their pursuit of an education. Andrea hopes that her international experience, feminist drive and psychological perspective will contribute to the highly important mission of Women for Education.

Welcome Amelia and Andrea, we are happy to have you on board!

Welcome to our Summer Intern Florence Barnett!

Women for Education would like to welcome our summer intern Florence Barnett. She recently graduated from Keble College, University of Oxford with a BA in History and will be joining the Civil Service Fast Stream from October 2015. During her time at university she was the Female Welfare Officer for her college and in the past has also worked for other educational charities including The Prince’s Teaching Institute. Her involvement in projects aimed at empowering women as well as her experiences of the value of education inspired her to become involved with Women for Education and she hopes that self-sustaining nature of the organisation can allow it to grow rapidly and help as many women as possible in the near future. We are really happy to have Florence on the team!

Interview with Nova

Our CEO, Ebba Bjorklid, was recently interviewed by Nova, a Swedish network that brings together talented individuals with interesting employers. In the interview Ebba explains why Women for Education was started and also what motivates her on a personal and professional level. Ebba is a member of Nova Pro and therefore Nova decided to portray Ebba to inspire others to be fearless and driven.

The word ’Nova’ means ’particularly bright star’, which also is the foundation of Nova’s business concept. The Nova network consists of stars like that – top talents, Nova and Nova Pro members. All members of the Nova network have undergone a rigorous selection process where each candidate’s AQ (Academic Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient) and BQ (Business Quotient) have been evaluated and appraised. 

For all our Swedish followers: read the article on Nova’s webpage!

http://novasverige.se/oradd-och-driven-en-vinnande-kombination/