The “confidence gap” for women is pervasive globally – and throughout East Africa that gap translates to missed opportunities for social and economic advancement. Rwanda’s government leads the way in providing huge support to women and girls. But change also needs to be driven from the grassroots to accompany the work of Rwanda’s government. We will attain gender equality once women no longer face subordinate family roles, increased employment barriers, or social constraints.
We know that it is smart economics to invest in women, but providing access to skills is not enough. When organizations deliver programs that solely focus on hard skills or education, they are leaving impact on the table.
If we want women to be at the forefront of a movement to build prosperity, we must give them the tools to make their voices resonate.
Resonate provides short leadership workshops that allow women and girls to shift their mindsets, turn skills into action, and fulfill their potential. As a result of the sense of self-confidence gained from our workshops we have seen women accomplish incredible things:
Trained entrepreneurs take out loans and open businesses.
- Aspiring community leaders are elected to village councils.
- Bright young graduates put themselves forward to find new professional and academic opportunities.
By coupling hard-skills and education with leadership training, we amplify the impact of our partners and deliver more benefit to the women and girls we serve. We ensure that women and girls not only have access to skills, they also have the confidence to take action and create change.
Storytelling for Leadership
Our flagship two-day program is at the core of every training program, building self-confidence by crafting and sharing a story about a challenge you faced, and how you overcame it.
Key skills: self-confidence, comfort speaking up, decision-making, leadership
Employers choose from a range of foundational professional skills and create a custom training to increase staff capacity and effectiveness.
Key skills: team management, problem solving, effective communication, prioritization, leadership
Over 12 weeks, young people gain leadership experience through designing and implementing community projects.
Key skills: storytelling for leadership, problem solving, project planning
In our 2017 end-of-year survey of participants, we have seen:
38% have started businesses
45% have taken on a leadership role
24% have gotten a new job, promotion, or academic opportunity
“When local area council elections came around, I ran and got elected because people knew me from the training and believed in me.”
“Attending Resonate’s training helped me understand that I am a valuable person, and that my thoughts can be valuable.”