ALN Women’s Leadership Programme 2020

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ALN Women’s Leadership Programme 2020

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About the programme

The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) Women’s Leadership Programme (WLP) is an annual training scheme for women politicians from African liberal parties who are planning to stand for elected office.

Launched in 2019 by the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) in partnership with the UK Liberal Democrats and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the WLP aims to develop the knowledge and skills to help win candidate nominations and upcoming elections, and ultimately to promote and support women’s participation and influence in politics.

The training programme is spread across three workshops over the course of a year, covering a range of topics including campaign planning and team building, media and messaging, fundraising, public speaking, grassroots campaigning and more. The programme also includes a mentoring scheme through which participants can choose to be paired with an experienced political actor to provide additional tailored advice and support.

Following on from a successful first year, 14 women have been selected to participate in the 2020 programme, representing 11 different political parties and 10 different countries across Africa.

Below, you can read about the participants in the 2020 programme:
A woman explaining her ideas at a meeting
Pavu Juma Abdalla
Pavu Juma Abdalla is a Tanzanian politician and social activist from the Zanzibar Islands, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania.
Linda Sey smiling for the camera
Linda Amoah-Boadi Sey
Linda Amoah-Boadi Sey is married with 3 children; one girl and two boys. She holds a Diploma in Business studies from the Ghana Education Service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with E-commerce from Regent University of Science and Technology Ghana.
Mari Belafia, cheerful giving a speech
Maria Belafia
Maria is a member of the National Council and the Finance Committee of her political party, Mouvement Populaire, and serves as the President of the party’s Legal Committee. Maria is also a member of the National Council of the women’s organisation Haraki.
Berlinda Bulley staring at the camera
Berlinda Bulley
Berlinda Bulley has been involved in politics at different levels since 2007. Her involvement has been driven by her desire to ensure justice, equity, integrity in public service, and civic responsibility.
Fouzia Elbayed taking notes of a book
Fouzia Elbayed
A native of Casablanca, Morocco, Ms. Fouzia Elbayed is a higher education research professor, with an academic background in language and literature and in legal and political sciences. S
Gbatima Margai
Gbatima Margai
Gbatima holds a BA Hons Degree from the University of East London, United Kingdom, in Law and Social Policy. She has acted in the capacity of Women’s Leader for the People’s Movement for Democratic Change UK & Ireland Branch and is currently Acting Women’s Leader for the PMDC in Sierra Leone. She aspires to become a Member of Parliament in Sierra Leone in the next elections in 2023.
Beth Mutunga smiling for the camera
Beth Mutunga
Beth Kalunda Mutunga was born on 24th April 1968 in the semi-arid area of Ngomeni in Eastern Region of Kenya.
Nereah Oketch smiling for the camera
Nereah Oketch
Honorable Nereah Amondi Oketch, the winner of Kenya’s first televised Women’s Leadership Academy Ms President, is a nominated Member of County Assembly in Homa Bay County, serving as a member of Finance, Trade and Health Committees. She is the chair of the Procedure and Rules committee and secretary of the Assembly Women’s Caucus. In 2018, Nereah legislated for child welfare and protection and lobbied for funding for child-safe spaces and a response to the high prevalence of teen pregnancy through mentorship and life skills training.
Nadifa Osman staring at the camera
Nadifa Osman
Nadifa Osman holds a Master's Degree in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, USA; an MSc. in Telecommunication from the Istituto Superiore di Posto e Telecomunicazione, Rome, Italy; a Certificate toward MBA from the California State University (Fresno) branch in Mogadishu, Somalia; and a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Somali National University (Gaheyr), Mogadishu. She is fluent in Somali, English, Italian and Arabic.
Maire Ouedraogo staring at the camera
Marie Ouédraogo
Born on 4th May 1980 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Marie Prudence Namssoré Aissata Ouédraogo is married and a mother of two children. She has a Law degree from the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, and worked as a road construction supervisor for the company SACBA-TP in Ouagadougou from 2013 - 2015.
Yande Sarr Ndiaye staring at the camera
Yandé Sarr Ndiaye
Yandé Sarr Ndiaye, born in Senegal on 14th June 1957, is married and a mother of three children. After completing her Baccalaureate in 1976 she spent a year studying at the University of Dakar, following which she started a teaching career in 1977. After passing the Certificate of Professional Competence and gaining five years of professional experience, in 1983 Yandé won a scholarship to further her training at the University of Montreal in Canada.
Stenah Shampile smiling for the camera
Stenah Shampile
Stenah Shampile is a mother, insurance underwriter and politician who has been a member of Zambia’s liberal party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), since 2000. Stenah started her political life as a party member whilst studying at the University of Zambia.
Bethlehem Tesfaye staring at the camera
Bethlehem Tesfaye Abebe
Since 1998, Bethlehem has been working as a veterinary practitioner in both the government and privately owned organisations. She is now married and has two children.
Ashura Michael, a young Kenyan, smiling for the camera
Ashura Michael
Ashura Michael is a young deaf human rights and gender activist advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Development from University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law, Urban-Campaign with Civil Leadership Certificate from University of Illinois. In 2015 she also completed the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung programme on Political Leadership and Governance.