From Canada , the journey has started as Global Change leader and now the next step is the placement and as The international women center for leadership in Coady had helped me to arrange to have 7 weeks with Women for Change an NGO in Zambia
Global Change leaders program organist by Coady International Institute of Canada. The program enables exceptional emerging women leaders from the global to work in development whose aim is strengthening the leadership capacities of a new generation of women to ignite unparalleled change at community, national and international levels. The other objective is building a global network of pioneering women leaders who together are able to accelerate innovation and achieve extraordinary impact.
My First Placement Plan and Objectives
PLACEMENT PLAN AND OBJECTIVESMarch 3rd .2012 – April 21st .2012
Name of GC Leader Marihame Michel Riad Hanna
Location of placement (City/Country) Lusaka / Zambia
Name of placement organization Women for Change
Name of placement primary contact Dr. Emily Joy Sikazwe
Title of primary contact Executive Director
Phone number of primary contact 260-01-224309
Email of primary contact email@example.com
Purpose and tasks:
Purpose of placement as defined by the host agency Women for Change are pleased to have been identified as one of the Organization to play the role of mentoring on the Global Change leaders program organized by Coady International Institute of Canada. The program enables exceptional emerging women leaders from the global south to work in development whose aim is strengthening the leadership capacities of a new generation of women to ignite unparalleled change at community, national and international levels. The other objective is building a global network of pioneering women leaders who together are able to accelerate innovation and achieve extraordinary impact.
Main tasks outlined by host agency
• Awareness of opportunities and activities that can broaden your education experience.
• Learn how to communicate effectively in networking situations; this means being involved in networking situations in the company of the Executive Director.
• Gain better understanding of best-practice leadership experiences; this will be within Women for Change close collaboration with management team and other members of staff.
• Gain better understanding about how to play an effective role in influencing decisions. This will assist you develop decision-making skills.
• Learn self-motivation, self-discipline and goal-setting techniques. WfC is a learning organization and the environment is conducive to achieving that.
• Gain better understanding of gender and cultural influences on leadership. Gender is core business of Women for Change.
• Observation of training curriculum development as well as observation of training activities.
• Gain greater appreciation of Women for Change program. The focus is on how leadership plays a crucial role in program impact.
• Develop a sense of one’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader
Potential additional tasks:
• Strategic planning for the projects and the programs in the organization
• Administrative work like budgeting & financial management
• Mentorship skills and counseling
• Analysis and Mobilizing resources
• Proposals and difference of research proposal, Concept note and proposal
Learning objectives – organizational and individual
Learning objectives of the GC Leader based on the purpose and tasks and;
How GCL will monitor /assess and report on progress and learning:
• Orientation and learn from the work of WFC and
• Through meetings with Dr. Emily sikazwe
• Been involve in the activities in the office
• Discussion and public meetings.
• practice of my skills in terms of tasks.
• Learning from other women leaders, in the church , in the women movement, in the media and in the trade union movement , in Political parties learned negotiation skills , when Dr. sikazwe is speaking with the world bank, in addition I have had an opportunity to meet with representatives of the donor community.
• I have also attended Conferences and meetings.
• Meeting also with the new minister of gender and the women movements.
Assessing, reflecting and reporting on progress and learning:
• Daily discussion focuses on the learning of the day questions and clarifications and weekly reflection discussions based on the agenda of the week, and then reflection on the lessons learned summary and the best practice in leadership development
• Also through some videos that I have recorded it or I have received from WFC.
About Zambia :
Since i arrived here , i saw a beautiful nature and welcoming people that have a very beautiful smile.Zambia (play /ˈzæmbiə/), officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The neighboring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest.
Originally inhabited by Khoisan peoples, the region which comprises modern Zambia was colonized during the Bantu expansion of the thirteenth century. After visits by European explorers in the eighteenth century, Zambia became the British colony of Northern Rhodesia towards the end of the nineteenth century. For most of the colonial period, the country was governed by an administration appointed from London with the advice of the British South Africa Company.
On 24 October 1964, the country declared independence from the United Kingdom and then-prime minister Kenneth Kaunda became the inaugural president. Kaunda’s socialist United National Independence Party (UNIP) maintained power from the 1964 until 1991. From 1972 to 1991 Zambia was a single-party state with the UNIP as the sole legal political party, with the goal of uniting the nation under the banner of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’. Kaunda was succeeded by Frederick Chiluba of the social-democratic Movement for Multi-Party Democracy in 1991, during which the country saw a rise in social-economic growth and increased decentralization of government.
Chiluba’s privatization of the mines backfired when investors closed operations. He attempted to run for an unconstitutional third term, which was stopped by mass protests. Chiluba selected Levy Mwanawasa as his successor, Mwanawasa presided over the country from January 2002 until his death in August 2008. Mwanawasa is credited with initiating a campaign to reduce corruption and increase the standard of living from those left by his predecessor. After Mwanawasa’s death, Rupiah Banda presided as Acting President before being elected president in 2008. He is the shortest serving president, having held office for only three years. Patriotic Front party leader, Michael Chilufya Sata defeated Banda in the 2011 elections.
In 2010, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is headquartered in the capital Lusaka.
In the Airport with my colleagues before we go to different flights from London:
March 3rd.2012 i have arrived to Zambia,Lusaka
during the first week of my placement i have had the chance to get the orientation about the work of Women for Change the impact that they have on the communities here. And through this week i was able to be introduce to all the department and the main focus of the organization. Zambia is a very peaceful country but also as most of the African countries have the challenge of poverty , social justice & Gender equality as my country Egypt. Therefore Women for Change focus on Vision of “A society where there is gender equality in social, political and economic development”.
Women for Change is a Zambian gender-focused non-governmental organization (NGO) working with communities, especially women and children in rural areas, to contribute towards sustainable human development using Popular Education Methodologies (PEM).
During the first week , i had also the chance to be involve with he animator field , there was no many of them only one but we had a lot of meetings and share experience of Critical Thinking through the main 5 questions: What…, How .., Why..,When….who…??????????? on their hand . The tree of Development that everyone work together and development of work.
I introduced for him my work in the community in Egypt and through Anafora Work and so the different technicians in work and education to the communities through the capacity building and how to mobilize the resources of the communities and i have also introduce for him ABCD technicians so also it will help them in work in the community to make a plan and a map of all the resources because mostly the community depend on the income generating project that will be provide by women for change in form of animals or help to build a community center …etc….
In addition, that I saw the core programs that they have in women for change that focus on Social and economic empowerment so I can understand more about the vision and the mission of WFC.
International Women Day Lusaka 2012:
It is my first time to join such an event for women and how women were happy dancing and sharing everyone who ever he is even men for civil Society and the president was welcoming the women in the march
For the International Women Day Dr. Linda Jones is director of the International Center for Women’s Leadership at Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University.
she has written an article that inspire me with 2 cases studies of women that has been under a lot challenges but they are real leaders that they had believed in change and been innovated in their approaches for a Better Life.
The chance for other women that they are now a part of Global change leaders program in Coady and the others that they are searching for any opportunities to change their life and help the others.
during my stay i was not the only interns , i was welcomed by 3 other Canadians from the first national community in BC and so they were there for 3 months internship with WFC and i have been involve the first week with the animators department to know more about some of the activities and tools that use to train the citizens in the rural area in Zambia and so mostly they use the popular participatory method as a way of teaching. WFC focus on the rights and the advocacy work and so they teach this method of recording all this news and events that effect on them or some of the parliament members promise something and then they did not respect the priorities of the citizens so they make a lot of advocacy training in Zambia. and also they use Drama to make participants easy for them to deliver their message and participate in the training.
In addition of their training to the private sectors and the other NGO’s so they can also be consultants tot his organizations and it is a way of income to WFC . and Also WFC depends a lot of communication and partnership with Local and international organizations . and WFC empower people in the community to start their own Associations with different activities for example : Multiplication of the seeds and gardening , bee-keeping ,..etc..”
In the last years , they found the need to empower the leaders with leadership skills so they start a programs for Chiefs and leaders in the community because this is their way for approaching to go in the community it is Through the leaders and the chiefs. and so also i have been introduce through the research department about the statistics in Zambia 288 Leaders and Chiefs and so 15 of them only women and so how they work with the Government because in Zambia recently they have establish a Ministry for Chief and Leaders so they can build their capacities. and also for the parliament member’s 150 members and only 17 of them are women.
Women’s Movement is very strong in Zambia because they focus on a goal is to be heard and get their right so some of the some concept i have saw strongly ” I am because we are “ so during a meeting with Ambassador of Zambia in America , i have been introduce to her leadership style and it is humility and self-confidence she has present to young women professional Association that has start by Dr. Sikazwe and other leaders women that has decide to mentor young women in different profession and position to network them and create a network that will empower them with data of ideas or contacts and the most important that they have each others so they learn more when they share and brainstorming about their future.
The beginning of every week , we had a staff meeting where each department has a presenter and then the past week what we have done and what we need to do next week .
My Mentor Dr. Emily Sikazwe
during the following weeks , i was involve more in meetings with Dr. Sikazwe or the staff with partnership agreement or advocacy and even women’ movements
so i had a meeting with Diakonia and SIDA and as Egyptian we have share what is in Global as policy and Grant crisis now and the foreigner policy of the country how much effect on the aid in the global and we have also worked on some of the recommendation with other Civic Society partner and about the Palm for the rest of 2012 :
- we agree that the main important thing right now is the capacity building in the Organization and so the focus area will be
- Financial management and resources mobilization
- M and E Implementation
- Revise of strategic plans ” Proposals + annual reports + Budgets “
- The activities production and the results ” impact “
- feedback over the history of Aid during the 25 years int he Global and zoom in Zambia
– Lecture to Dr. Emily & the Ambassador of Cuba in Zambia about leadership and communism philosophies in Cuba , the History of Cuba also the change happen in Cuba in 1959 after a revolution . The partnership between Cuba and the Zambian Government and focusing on Capacity building and Cuba offer education to fight literacy in Cuba and offering a lot of free education even in college and even offer scholarship. they have also present movie about Cuba initiative in Pakistan to send doctors and it is a good example of been a citizen and a part of this global movement of 1 person can make a difference and facing challenges , patient because patient with the others means love and to be patient with yourself means hope. Change does not come in a night , it takes time and it takes power within to have the wisdom to solve and find solution to this challenges.
the Ambassador said something : ” God help who Help themselves ” so also it depends on the people welcoming to work with you but also to make them see their good things and new things outside you do not know about it. and the people that implement the change in Cuba because they have worked on their capacities and with solidarity Cuban had guide principals to their daily behaviors that protect them from any corruption out of their vision or philosophy.
simply Leadership is starting by yourself : Dr. Emily had asked question :
- Know who are you ?
- believing in yourself
- Pursuing our abilities and capacities
and it has effect one me on reflect after all this meetings that leadership is a module of respect and impact because it inspire you to develop yourself and your mission . It is a big question What impact are you going to do? your impact in your family , community , country and Globally.
Development is put your effort for a cause or a goal that will help humanity and work for people and it began by us.
Meeting with the Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Mrs. Sheila Siwela
and women leaders in different movement and BPW Organization in Zambia with young leaders to talk about her experience and her leadership.
Meeting with Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank managing director for Zambia and it was good opportunity to hear from her about her leadership and her background as a financial minister of Indonesia
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank managing director for Zambia, said the country also needs to diversify and speed up the process of registering businesses and that why she worked on getting feedback from Civic Society and also we had share the Egyptian situation and the impact of Arab-spring right now on the north Africa and the Global.
I have also been introducing to a lot of things of monitoring tools and service delivery in a country also Decentralization of service.
March 27.2012 Interview with Dr. Emily Sikazwe for Professional Business Women
It was very interesting to hear her story and to see the growth and the learning from different examples and actually it gives me a big appreciation of what I have in my life from facilities and capacities.
As i was hosted in the House of Dr. Sikazwe and really it was a very busy house from activities , Friends , Global visitors and from women’s movements soi have been involve in all of this as she was putting in situation to practice more my public speaking and so every night almost i was busy welcoming people sharing ideas and learn more about advocacy work and practice more my communication skills. On the other hand have learned a lot not only about leadership but also about humanity and culture in Zambia so Zambian women are strong and as a Christian nation they have a strong faith in God but also they are humble and leader should be yes head height but heart of servants to help and so humility is very important for me as a leader.One of the practice that helped me in this situation is feeling the situation and been involve.
One of the tools that i have gain in it in WFC or through Dr. Emily that The Story of 4 Faces :
“She was free. She was powerful. She was Innocence.” Four Faces of Woman
April 4th .2012
Zambian wedding : i have been lucky to be invited from DR. Sikazwe to attend a wedding with her it was fun.i have had enjoy my time and plus i have learned a lot about the tradition and the culture in such occasion and how it has been moderated through generation but still keep the most important thing Family and respect of Elder in the wedding and to be humble to the family and that the new couple present their love and respect to their parents.
Pauline Visit to Zambia : it was an interesting time during her visit because we have witness a change in choosing women in different leadership position like gozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Finance Minister and former Managing Director at the World Bank is being interviewed for the position of President of the World Bank (a position traditionally held by men). yes she did not get it but at least to be consider it next time another woman can take the lead. now Malawi’s President being a woman and i remember Dr. Emily words as Pauline also shared with us in an email : “There is a wind of change” — and you – Global Change Leaders – are well poised to carry this wind forward into the coming decades!
Every week, I had meetings with Stakeholders, Partners and political parties and so I have a test of decision making and conflict resolution & peacemaking especially the behavior in different context and professional level.
WFC were very busy at that time with proposal writing so we had a work on a lot of proposals to support a lot of future training that will be organize in the communities and that also made been involve in financial reports and budgeting just to been involve with the department.
We had a board meeting and so we had to make a brainstorming for 3 days to get new ideas for the plan for our work in the communities and which activities should we develop it.and it was a lot of work through meetings and ideas and how to find solution and second plan specially for the financial part after the cut happen or the close of some of the INGO in Zambia.
During also my stay , i was fortune to attend a lot of meeting of mentorship during the weekends with young professional women’s and organize for them workshops with Dr. Emily Sikazwe.
As i see Myself ” self image” , i will achieve my dreams so it is a power within me that you will empower me to know my way and make my decision and continue my journey and as politics , i saw this interesting report about women and politics in MSNBC
Last week in my stay in Zambia , i was in meeting with women in decision making and leaders in different departments:
the first woman was Joan Chirwa Ngoma News Editor in The Post newspaper one of the biggest Newspaper in Zambia , the second one was Joyce C.Nonde General Secretary ” Zambia Union Institutions and Of Financial Allied Workers ” and one of her team has join us at the end and as a man i was very enthusiasm to hear from him and so we start about leadership and the global situation and how leadership and empowering people is very important with the meaning of giving the power to the people and introduce them the market and how economic empower give the people the freedom to decide their future and develop their skills because usually power of money play a big role in everything in politics at least in Africa and promises that people want to see a hope and a change but unfortunate it has been a dilemma that people or citizen try to learn how to do it ? and so for me Power Cube in Coady was really something that i have share with him and with some of them.
The 3 interview it was with women leaders in an Umbrella NGO for over 109 NGO in Zambia and so Emelda Mwamba Banda Capacity building officer , Nalucha Nganga Ziba Communication & Advocacy Coordinator and Bridget Kalaba Programs Manager and she was the one that acting as Executive Director at that time for NGOCC Non-Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council for Gender and Development
My questions were mostly focus on leadership , achievement and challenges as a women’s leaders with also what will be their advice for the new generation of leaders
I was inspired during my stay in Zambia by Invictus Movie , it is about Nelson Mandela and the most beautiful part was about his journey and his learning and about leadership. this movie has resume all the leadership feelings that i have learnt until this stage.
– Leadership is to be humble because it is always about the people not you.
– Leadership is about to lead them to the best and what they can see they cannot achieve or it is an inspiration.
– it is to be light and hope for others ” Inspiration ” as i said in my speech ” Smile , Welcoming , Give them your heart.
– Been Proud to be who you are? what ever happen to him in South Africa but he went back to his home and build on that as experience. ” I am the Master of my Fate , i am the Captain of my soul 🙂 Nelson Mandela ”
– In order to lead better we must exceed our expectation.
– Judgment without seeing it does not serve the nation and definitely to have action and doing to solve.
– Find opportunities and use it.
– You have to change because time is changing (Mindset).
– Remember each name and check hand each one
– it is about communication skills , kind words , listening and power of words and their impact.
– Leadership is about happiness , faith and patient with a strong Hope
– Empowerment and encouragement
– Finally what happen A Cup and A Victory.
Zambian Culture is a culture of respect the elder and welcoming . i enjoy my stay with the stuff , they were asking me a lot of question and i had share with them a lot. they have a big feeling of colonization , you have to be their friend because for them you are a Mozingo mean in Niajih Foreigner.
The happiest memory for me, it was when I share with them a lot of moments and even in the office they had given me a Name of Liesly means Light in a language in Zambia. they like to be appreciative and so the basic thing I worked on it is to gain their trust to work together.
As Gahandi said:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Trust is the most important bridge for a relationship and to show them that you care and that you respect their way of living and their way of doing things.