This week, the Ban Ki-moon Centre launched its project in partnership with Musllim Youth Austria (MJÖ), “Mentoring for Young Austrian Muslim Women – Global Citizens at work.”
At the launch, mentees and mentors were gathered for the first time in one place. To open the event, Ban Ki-moon Centre Co-chair Heinz Fischer delivered a welcome address emphasizing the need to empower women and to reduce inequalities, both between men and women and between different religions.
After the welcome, coach and speaker Daniela Reiter guided the mentors and mentees through ice-breaker activities and offered an overview of mentoring and the months ahead.
As a way of “formalizing” the partnership, mentees and mentors signed a contract and set goals for their time together. The mentoring period will go from April – September and the pairs are recommended to meet at least once per week. In October, there will be a closing event held at the House of Industry in Vienna where mentees will receive a certificate of completion.
The launch event closed with networking, allowing the mentees and mentors to mingle and to get to know one another.
In the months to come, the Ban Ki-moon Centre will host three skill-building workshops for the mentees on different subjects. One of the workshops will be on “Global Citizenship” and will be led by the Centre’s CEO, Monika Froehler.
As a part of the project, the mentoring pairs will also be asked to complete a small “Global Citizen Project” together. This project will encourage the pairs to take action together to give back to their community.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre is proud to partner with MJÖ on this project and looks forward to seeing the mentoring pairs grow and thrive!
Photos: Rached Bouguerra