Mentors Needed!
 
Share your skills and experience with young women around the Commonwealth to help them gain confidence and excel in the workplace.
 
The Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship Scheme (CMP) aims to encourage an intergenerational partnership for sustainable development with young women as the primary beneficiaries. The call for a mentorship programme emerged from the concern that the world continues to lag behind when it comes to closing the gender gap. 
 
The scheme aims to encourage young women around the Commonwealth to aim for leadership positions, and to endow them with confidence in the workplace and self-entrepreneurship.
 
Rotary International Directors Dean Rohrs and Barry Rassin have given Rotary International endorsement to this joint program.
 
The Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), and Commonwealth Youth Gender Equity Network (CYGEN) are partnering in this joint intergenerational mentorship program. Rotary will pilot the program in Rotary Districts in the Caribbean and Canada.
 
Dean says, “The rights of women for equal opportunity and the ability for them to realise their full potential is very important to Canadians. Rotarians in Canada are delighted to have been asked to be part of this program and look forward to helping with this important Commonwealth initiative where the mentoring of young women will help them be full contributing citizens of the world.” 
 
Barry states, “To be able to expand the potential to empower women through a mentoring program can be very beneficial and Rotarians are proud and excited to be a part of the program.”
 
Young women across the Commonwealth are set to benefit from this program and acquire critical life skills to progress in their careers. The Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship Scheme will match aspiring young women with Rotarians who share similar interests. 
 
At the scheme’s March launch in London, the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, Krystle Reid from Sri Lanka, spoke about the importance of having someone to help young women network, achieve personal and professional development, and rise above discrimination.
 
Do you see yourself as someone who can help young women build their confidence so they no longer shy away from leadership opportunities, so they put themselves forward for employment opportunities, set up a business or get into political leadership? Apply to be a mentor! The commitment is from July – December 2017. 
 
Contact Lindagene Coyle for an application at lindacoyle5050@gmail.com.
 
Together we can make a difference through the gift of mentorship!