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Betty Sharon

Collaboration of Women In Development CWID

Kenya

I'm the Founder and Executive Director of Collaboration of Women In Development (CWID), an organization committed to creating a society that improves the lives of vulnerable women, children, and youths with disabilities, minorities and other vulnerable groups in the community.
I have a post-graduate in Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Management. I have a wealth of experience with over 15 years of working with grassroots communities in gender justice programs, implementing innovative programs to enhance women's engagements with the county and national government platforms to take decision making to a higher level. I have also helped young women build vibrant movements like We for She. I'm looking forward to learning more from this cohort of peer women leaders in the fellowship and to becoming a powerful public debater to enhance the skills and knowledge of 30 women in my project to effectively take elected and appointed leadership positions in Kenya.

Betty Sharon

About
Me.

What is your story?

What drives your work?

My story:
I am a grassroots women, born and brought up in both Christian and patriarchal environment, a survivor of eight years of abusive marriage, I founded Coast Women In Development now Collaboration of Women In Development on a platform of Prevention of Violence Against Women.

Motivation:
Walking into a room populated with men leaders no women or few women handling themselves like support staffs yet they are leaders, drives me into advocacy for policies which promotes women's participation in decision making tables. Watching news on political rallies where majority of female faces are those who dance to male politicians or clap for their speeches even if they were clueless makes yearn for more skills and knowledge which can empower me into mentoring young women to become great leaders.

Describe your biggest strength as a leader

Ability to work with different personal styles and approaches. I have wealth of experience in creating safe spaces for my teams, whilst facilitating a strong working relationships through inclusivity.
Excellent communication skills; I do have the ability think clearly, and critically am able to handle the rapid flow of information within my organization, and among networks, partners, employees, and other stakeholders and influencers.

Describe your biggest challenge as a leader

My Biggest challenges are:
- Fear of failure.
- Expectations of the people I lead.
- Maintaining of the Authenticity.

About the
Organization
and the Project.

Sector

Not-for-profit

Vision & Mission

Vision: Improved lives of grassroots women

Mission: To Identify and reinforce the roles of women in education, leadership development and good governance

Year Founded

2005

No. of Employees

13

Years in the Organization

17 years

Annual Budget (USD)

$200,000

Geographical Area Served

CWID works in the Coasta, Western, and Nyanza parts of Kenya

Organizational /

Project Description

Project:
Enhancing Grassroots Women's Leadership in Politics and Governance
Project Goals:
- Enhanced Contribution to increased gender equality in terms of income, employment and parental leave.
- Promotion of Engendered Grassroots Democracy.
- Promote and give people a direct voice in matters that affect their lives.

Why is this project important and timely?

What is the target population of your project? 

The project will target grassroots young women who get challenges in accessing political leadership position.
The project to provide mentorship and training programs to 30 young grassroots women from the coastal and western part of Kenya.
It as well aim to provide learning points with a focus on covering a range of issues, from young grassroots women's participation in national elections to female decision-making in community livelihood initiatives.

How will you know that you have achieved that impact? What data will you use to assess your impact?

How do you anticipate this unique leadership education impacting you personally? What new skills are you hoping too develop & grow through this experience?

I expect this education to enhance my communication skills and enable me to find my voice and use it effectively, in addition it will strengthened me to being unabashedly visible in my leadership growth.

Where would you like to see yourself professionally in the next 3 years?

I would like to one of the best public speakers in public debates, discussing the achievements of young grassroots women leaders in high diverse leadership positions.

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