By Takemore Mazuruse
Talia Women’s Network, an organisation registered in 2009 to empower women, girls and communities of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice has continued to roll out well-designed programmes and projects that are positively impacting communities.
One such programme is the recently held initiative titled The Uplift Leadership program which according to the organisation’s founder Saliwe Mutetwa Zakariya was premised on making sure that women rise above their circumstances and self-actualise.
“Talia Women’s Network are all about phenomenal women, breaking ceilings in their spaces, women who have been through it all and made it showing the young ones how it’s done,” Mutetwa Zakariya.
“The Uplift Leadership program is all about women empowering women. Created with the sole purpose of creating future generations of women leaders, the programme is uniquely designed to equip young women with key skills to become competitive and relevant while also exposing them to a rich mentorship network.
“We are happy that the organisation continues to empower and inspire women through this project and our hope is to bring positive change in our communities through raising and enlightened generation that is alive to community challenges and able to proffer lasting solutions.”
Though continuously pushed back due to the lockdown, the third cohort of the Uplift Leadership programme finally graduated on February 18 in Greendale.
The atmosphere was charged with excitement with the graduates eager to apply what they learnt.
Personal Mastery by trailblazer Linda Longwe delivered a powerful presentation in which she emphasised the importance of a positive attitude and celebrating other people’s success.
The graduates each got a chance to share their major success stories from 2021 and one could tell that these young ladies were clearly not only learning, they were also implementing what they learnt.
Award winning entrepreneur and humanitarian Sympathy Sibanda who was the director of ceremonies also saluted the graduates for their resolve as the graduation programme transitioned smoothly in her expert hands.
A number of Talia Women Network board members, the people who made it possible, were present for the event.
Also present were some of the mentors and a line-up of powerful speakers to further empower the ladies with two of the graduates sharing emotional testimonials about the impact the programme has had in their lives.
Pamela Muzenda, a mentor in the programme also shared how the Uplift Leadership Programme has impacted her and also shared a few nuggets of wisdom.
Guest speaker Roselyn Charehwa emphasised that being ‘opportunistic’ wasn’t entirely a bad thing.