We are very proud of our former MADM student Chifundo Patience Chilera, who has been named one of 26 Africa's Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders by the Moremi Initiative for Women Leadership in Africa. As a 2015 Fellow, she will be attending the Moremi Initiative Leadership, Empowerment and Development Institute hosted jointly with the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, this July.
This 2015 cohort of MILEAD Fellows, selected under a highly competitive process, represents Africa's most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. The criteria and process of selection was based on outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.
Ms. Chifundo Chilera's selection is in recognition of her remarkable leadership and contributions to youth development in Malawi.
She facilitated the training of 1000 young politicians, 30 of whom contested for parliamentary or council seats in the 2014 Malawi elections. Others serve in local and national committees of their political parties. For more than one year, Chifundo produced and hosted a live radio program on politics and governance on Transworld Radio Malawi. She is the current President of Rotaract Club of Lilongwe.
Chifundo served as political analyst for the European Union Election Observation Mission, and worked with UN Women Malawi managing the "HeforShe Campaign" and Plan International's "Keeping Girls in School" project. She has Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Soon, she will join the Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. In 2012, Chifundo graduated from the Young Women's Knowledge and Leadership Institute. She is a 2010 graduate of the Southern Africa Summer Academy on Elections, 2012 delegate at the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference; and she participated in the 2015 Girl Summit, Post-2015 Advocacy Agenda on SRHR and the 11th International Dialogue on Population & Sustainable Development.
See also the (German-language) article on the RUB portal: Hohe Auszeichnung für IEE-Absolventin
If you are interested to learn more about the Milead Fellows and the selection process, please have a look here.