African women face many social, political and economic barriers. She is Empowered (ShE) breaks these barriers through a non-residential, online development program for 20 young African women focused on leadership, soft skills, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy. At the end of the program, participants emerge with a strong network of young African female leaders, mentors, a certificate of participation, newly acquired skills and implemented social impact programs in their communities.
Despite progress in gender equality, Africa continues to be a continent where adolescent girls, young and older women face challenges and barriers. Startling challenges such as, 13 of the 15 countries worldwide where more than 30% of primary school-aged girls are out of school are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa's emerging youth boom presents a critical opportunity to close this gap with younger generations of African women through easily accessible education and skills development.
The She is Empowered (ShE) program closes this gap by offering African adolescent girls and young women skills development through an online program with 10 modules to empower these women to transform their lives and their communities. Modules: 1. What is my Why? Who am I? 2. Self-Esteem Building 3. Soft Skills Building 4. Career Development 5. Youth Leadership in Africa 6. African Feminisms 7. African Identity 8. Youth Advocacy 9. Social Entrepreneurship 10. Implementing Community Projects
This program will educate and upskill 20 young African women from 10 African countries (Zimbabwe, Senegal, Angola, Nigeria, Uganda, Tunisia, Botswana, Ethiopia, South Sudan and South Africa) with skills and tools to become better leaders and positively influence their communities. A similar program took place in Ethiopia in 2020 and one participant, Tensae, shared "I was a fresh graduate and was looking for a job at the time I attended the Africa Matters workshop. It really helped me"
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Youth Voices Ethiopia: Tensae's Story
Youth Voices South Africa: Melissa's Story