Voice of Women Africa to Host Mountaintop Fellow
Freetown, Sierra Leone, August 15, 2023 – Voice of Women Africa, an organization working to increase women’s political participation and leadership, is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a Fellow in partnership with Mountaintop, a US-based nonprofit. As a host organization, Voice of Women Africa was selected from a highly competitive candidate pool due to its demonstrated impact, innovative model, and trusted leadership.
The Mountaintop fellowship program provides Fellows with a paid, one-year, full-time service experience, enabling them to contribute to their home communities' development by working on critical challenges alongside high-impact locally-led NGOs, government agencies, and social ventures. Mountaintop amplifies Fellows’ potential for impact by providing a world class experience including mentorship, grants, a lifelong community of inspiring peers, and a two week leadership institute hosted in Cambridge, USA at Harvard University’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics.
Isata Kabia, Founder and Director of Voice of Women Africa, expressed her excitement about the partnership: "It’s such a great opportunity for us as an organization to gain support from Mountaintop in structuring our programs in Women’s Leadership and Peace Building at this most critical time.”
Founder and CEO Reed Shafer-Ray emphasized the organization's mission, stating: "In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "Mountaintop" speech called for a locally led movement to stir our global consciousness, Mountaintop cultivates transformational local leadership and strengthens communities in places worldwide where success too often means leaving and not coming back. In line with that mission, we could not be more proud to partner with Voice of Women Africa as a Mountaintop Fellowship host.”
Voice of Women Africa’s programs include encouraging women to vote and support a record number of women running for office in Sierra Leone. Voice of Women Africa aims to increase political participation and leadership by building an intergenerational community with an inclusive national membership of women to mobilize and build lasting infrastructure for sustained action. Founder Isata Kabia has served as a government Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and as the Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Sierra Leone.
The fellowship application process is now open to outstanding locally-rooted leaders under the age of 30 committed to serving Freetown and Sierra Leone as a whole over the course of their lives and careers. The deadline for submitting applications is September 30th, with the fellowship beginning July 13, 2024. Interested individuals can apply through Mountaintop's website at https://www.mountaintopfellows.org/fellowship.
About Voice of Women Africa: Voice of Women Africa is a network of women leaders which aims to amplify women’s voices and inspire collective action. Voice of Women Africa aims to increase women’s participation in politics by building a cadre of women who believe in themselves and in other women, and by creating a pathway to leadership for girls.
About Mountaintop: Mountaintop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works toward a future where every community can solve its own problems in order to build a just, loving, and peaceful world for all. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "Mountaintop" speech called for a locally led movement to stir our global consciousness, Mountaintop cultivates transformational local leadership and strengthens communities in places worldwide where success too often means leaving and not coming back.
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