The Language, Gender and Leadership Network, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will enhance economic development and the welfare of women and girls by analysing the key challenges facing them to become a successful generation of leaders in businesses and politics in Africa and beyond.
Our inaugural Conference event to launch the network officially took place in Kampala, Uganda. The Network's creation provided an innovative opportunity for academics, policy makers, NGOs, charities and other stakeholders to come together to focus on the core communicative skills required to succeed as leaders in businesses and politics, through a focus on the power of narrative as an empowerment device.
We aim to inform and influence policy makers on the gender-based challenges currently being faced, alongside equipping communities of women and girls with the aspirations, beliefs and skills required to succeed in future leadership positions.
The initial work of this innovative network took place in East Africa, in Uganda and Kenya.
"The development of the Language, Gender and Leadership Network is an innovative initiative, designed to demonstrate the crucial importance of communication and community-based storytelling as empowerment devices, enabling more women and girls to enter leadership positions in their societies.
Starting in Uganda and Kenya, we are developing a pan-African network of academics, NGOs, charities, human rights groups and other organisations, placing the voices of women and girls at the centre of the project.
We are delighted that our work has been funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund through the AHRC".
Professor Louise Mullany, Dr. Masibo Lumala, Dr. Roshni Mooneeram and Ms Rita Atukwasa
Following the successful launch of the Language, Gender and Leadership Network in Kampala in April 2018, the second international Conference of the Language and Gender Network took place in Eldoret, Kenya, 3-4th October 2018.
The theme of our second conference was ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Business and Political Leadership’.
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