“Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences will remain as a partner for the SDGs.”Lastly, the Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler said,
“Never say what you cannot do, say what you can do and will do.”She also thanked BKMC Program Officer Viola Christian for her endeavors and efforts to put together this amazing program. On behalf of all the WEP GCC fellows, Nourah Aloseimi from Kuwait delivered remarks and expressed gratitude for such inspiring and meaningful opportunities the Ban Ki-moon Centre has provided together with Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Before the graduation, the WEP GCC fellows presented about their My SDG Micro-Project proposals, which they will implement in their own communities after the completion of their trainings. Visit BKMC gallery for more photos. © BKMC / Eugenie Berger
“I don’t want you to lower your expectation, but I want you to lower your self-criticism.” – Helena Zimmerdahl from the Embassy of SwedenWomen’s Empowerment Program (WEP) is in its full swing! As a part of BKMC’s Women’s Empowerment Program, WEP GCC fellows participated in a Round Table hosted in Diplomatic Academy of Vienna on November 19. At this Round Table, Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger, Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, featured as a moderator at the Round Table. Speakers were: Lulua Asaad from UNODC, Maggie Childs from Metropole and Austrian Startups, Mona Ali Khalil from MAK Law International, and Helena Zimmerdahl from the Embassy of Sweden to Austria. Lulua Asaad asked the fellows a critical question: “What does leadership mean to you?”
She also added that leadership is not about a position one is in, but responsibility leaders are capable of taking in their world. Regarding women’s empowerment, Mona Ali Khalil said,
“It is important to have support from women within your network, while not neglecting the role of men.”
As an international lawyer, she stressed that gender parity policies should be actual actions rather than lip service and should effectively address sexual harassment/sexual discrimination issues that still exist everywhere across the sectors. Minister-Counselor Helena Zimmerdahl pinpointed ‘transparency’ as an important trait of a good leader and said we must “speak up” for ourselves to make our voices heard. Zimmerdahl also advised the fellows to
“Empowerment of women requires men who are enlightened and women who are willing empower each other.”
Maggie Childs emphasized the need for getting help from mentors, friends and other experts when necessary and said,
“look at yourself and your accomplishments from the outside” in order to empower themselves.
A follow-up workshop was facilitated by WEP Project Coordinator Viola Christian from the Ban Ki-moon Centre. The fellows were grouped into 5 and discussed advice and points made from the Round Table, which they created their own manifesto with. © BKMC / Eugenie Berger For more photos of the event, visit BKMC album.
“You don’t have to know everything before you do it… It is lonely at the top. You need to have your private space and friends who just listen to you. Having those friends would make you feel less lonely.”
- Lulua Asaad, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at UNODC
- Selma Prodanovic, CEO and Founder of 1MillionStartups
- Vera Strobachova Budway, Senior Coordination Advisor, Gender Section, OSCE
- Helena Zimmerdahl, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden in Vienna
“What is a good/bad leader?” “How can we make men with closed mind listen to us?” “How can we overcome the challenges we are facing?”Prodanovic said that the WEP Asia fellows have already achieved so much and that it is important for them to reflect on what they have done to succeed and think about how to further amplify the efforts.
She said, “the fact that you ladies are here shows that you are among the top 1% that cares about women’s empowerment” and encouraged the group to “follow your inner voice, and do the right thing!”Budway shared her motto and encouraged the aspiring young women leaders to be “open for new challenges.“ She said that one can become an expert in anything that she desires and is passionate about.
“Take risks; don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zone!”Zimmerdahl also reminded the young fellows that they don’t have to be good at everything. She continued, “Go easy on yourself. You are very capable but do not have to do it all” and encouraged the individuals to create their exit strategy and work on it.
“Even if you have chosen a path, if it does not make you feel comfortable, don’t be afraid to change this path.”Asaad said, “leadership is not only about leading but having an impact on society and on the people around us.” She also stressed that “leadership is also about being authentic and being true to oneself.”
She then added that “the network that we have as women and with women is so important as we are essential in promoting each other” but that “Gender equality is a responsibility for everyone: boys, men, girls, and women.”In consequence of the round table, Froehler moderated a workshop during which the WEP Asia fellows came up with their own list of the most important elements for being a good woman leader. The group created a manifesto that consists of total 16 elements with which they will further develop their leadership skills and continue to make changes:
- Let me be wrong in my way!
- Lower your expectations.
- Be vulnerable; Embrace yourself.
- Dare to delegate.
- Ask for help when needed.
- Make small steps and celebrate small successes.
- Change is not easy, but it was your choice.
- Amplify; Speak for yourself.
- Raise your voice even ignored or interrupted.
- Amplify the voice of another woman.
- Teach boys and men about gender equality.
- Share inspirational stories about other women in other communities.
- Read a book that inspires you.
- Share what you find inspiring.
- Find a mentor and a supporting system.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
“Change-makers, motivation, and peace. Everything you just said are the definitions of global citizens,” said BKMC CEO Monika Froehler.The Women’s Empowerment Program fellows participated in an active workshop moderated by CEO Froehler at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens office on October 1st, 2019. The group actively discussed the meaning of global citizenship, what are their favorite SDGs, and what they could do to achieve the Goals. Co-chair Heinz Fischer also shared the history of women’s empowerment and what was the role of women in the development of the Austrian and European society.
“Today’s program was so useful for us because we found the SDGs and the connections between these Goals, and we could feel empowered to develop these Goals.” – Sohaila Rezaee from Afghanistan 🇦🇫
“The workshop today was very practical. It taught me skills in how to give my ideas in a structured and organized manner.” – Soo Min Jun from South Korea 🇰🇷
“I learned a lot about global citizenship, what it is to be a global citizen, and we had a lot of fun activities related to the SDGs. It is a very good opportunity to take time to talk about each one of them.” – Catherine Harry from Cambodia 🇰🇭
“I was worried that I felt far from the terms such as SDGs, Global Citizenship, and female leaders, but after this session, I found these terms to be fairly relatable to each one of us, to our countries and to our communities.” – Delgermaa Antangerel from Mongolia 🇲🇳
- Get things done
- Monitor your progress, write things down
- Do the right thing
- Exercise (your body)
- Be fearless
- Stand up for yourself
- Choose your surroundings wisely
- Think long-term
- Don’t care what other people think
- Do what makes you happy
“To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change”Every year, JCI holds a week-long World Congress including trainings, workshops, social and networking events, and meetings with its leadership and General Assembly. As JCI is a valued partner of the Ban Ki-moon Centre that promotes the notion of global citizenship and the importance of youth empowerment, Secretary-General Arrey Obenson of JCI is on the Board of the Centre. During the opening ceremony of the world congress, national presidents took to the stage while displaying their countries’ flags and inciting cheers from the audience. However, as much as national pride was celebrated, the collective mission of JCI and its members was the overarching theme. Learn more about the JCIWC: http://www.jciwc2018.com/