Empowering Women to Address Gender Equality

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Close to 30 women together with 3 men from Non-Government organisations, community representatives in Samoa emerged from the 4th Training of Trainers based on the Village Leadership Development Initiative this week, even more inspired and empowered to take on the challenges that they face through the different leadership spheres of life.

The 4th Training of Trainers held on the 29th July — 1St August 2019 was a great learning experience for the 21 women and 3 male champions from various NGOs and community leaders and exposed them to various methods being taught this week to strengthen their capacities as leaders.

Each participant was given a hand-out booklet titled “Village Leadership Development Initiative” which consists of methods, new ways and ideas that can help a trainer initiate discussion, break through initiatives that will bring about change and minimise barriers that hinders the leadership of women. The participants are also expected to formulate a Breakthrough Initiative as part of their takeaway from this training with the support of the Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project and Facilitator/Trainer.

The different sessions from the 4 days training gave the participants a chance to learn, share ideas and experiences, motivate and encouraged each other on what they see as issues with regards to Women empowerment and leadership. Thus, also giving them a chance to consider ways they could use, personally and collectively, to address issues with Women in Leadership.

The ToT will be based on the Village Leadership Development Initiative’s (VLDI) design and implementation targeting the leadership development or enhancement of capacity to lead of women as individuals and as a group working together to address women’s leadership and gender equality. These efforts are part of the wider goal of strengthening opportunities for women’s participation in leadership pathways.

This training is facilitated by Fuimapoao Beth Onesemo-Tuilaepa, Consultant from One Consult Company and organised by the Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project a three-year project implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women with funding from the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Samoa.