Africa Rising: Exploring Young Women's Leadership

Akili Dada is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting an event, in partnership with Global Fund for Women in San Francisco!

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 9th from 6:30-8:30pm at the office of Global Fund for Women, with the program beginning at 7pm. All are welcome. Entrance is free and light refreshments will be available. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot!

The evening will begin with a short film screening that will share perspectives from Akili Dada Scholars.  Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, will lead a community conversation around young women's leadership in Africa and globally.

As the movement to empower girls and young women grows, we continue to examine how we, as a community, can implement programs that are innovative and relevant.  With that, this evening will explore some of the most important questions in nurturing young women's leadership:

Featured Speaker: Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg


Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is is the Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada.  A Kenyan, Wanjiru earned a B.A. in Politics from Whitman College and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Wanjiru is also on extended leave from the University of San Francisco where she is an Assistant Professor in the Politics department.  Her research and teaching interests center on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism. Working at the intersection of academia and social entrepreneurship, Wanjiru is passionate about the synergy between rigorous academic analysis and committed social activism.

She has received widespread recognition for her work with Akili Dada, including being honored as a 2012 White House ‘Champion of Change’,  named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African Magazine, 2012 Ford Foundation Champions of Democracy,   2011 Yamashita Prize,  2011 African Achievers International Award,  and a winner of the 2010 United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award among others.  Wanjiru is also a wife and mother of a 4-year-old son and an avid knitter and organic gardener.  Learn more about Wanjiru's vision for founding Akili Dada.

We’re thrilled and grateful that the Global Fund for Women has agreed to provide the venue for the event.  See you there!

About Akili Dada

Akili Dada is a leadership incubator investing in the next generation of African women leaders.  We invest in high potential young women from underprivileged backgrounds who are passionate about social change.  The main components of our program; scholarships, mentoring, and leadership training, are designed to work seamlessly together to provide underprivileged young women the essential preparation and qualifications they need to access key decision-making roles and leadership positions.  Learn more and join our community at akilidada.org.

About Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is a publicly supported, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that advances women's human rights by funding women-led organizations worldwide. We provide general operating support grants to organizations working at the local, regional and national levels to enable women and girls to reach their potential and live free of discrimination and violence.

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