Be Bold, Be Curious

November 02, 2015

This past week in Kigali, Rwanda leaders from across the globe gathered at the Transform Africa Summit. During her address First Lady of Rwanda Jeanette Kagame urged attendees to close the gender equality gap long before the stated Sustainable Development Goal of 2030. Her speech highlighted the importance of technological inclusion of girls, and she lauded two young women who are leveraging technology for development here in Rwanda.

Jeanette Kagame encouraged others to step up and make a difference when she asked girls to “be bold, be curious and never doubt your own ability to change things for the better.”

At Resonate, we agree with the First Lady. While global leaders were meeting in a large conference hall in Kigali, all over Rwanda women and girls were making the small decisions and changes that have the potential to transform their communities and create a rising tide of women leaders at all level.

We place our faith for the future in girls like Diane, 23, one of the participants in our professional readiness program.  She learned how to write a CV and how to be confident and self-assured in an interview.Diane applied what she was taught in the training, and was hired for her first job. Yet she didn’t stop at her own accomplishment – she is motivated to share what she has learned with her colleagues so they can also succeed.

We place our faith in women like Francine, who after participating in our Storytelling for Leadership course was able to recognize her latent potential. At the age of 37 she began running local community meetings for the first time, and declared her goal to run for her village council.

At Resonate, we use our training programs to encourage leadership at all levels so that we can create a world where women are leaders in creating communities where all people are valued, respected, and equal.

Megan Madeira