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The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF)’s flagship Women’s Mentorship Program is an annual, month-long professional development training program for women managers of financial co-operatives from developing countries in Africa and Asia. This program empowers women by improving their managerial skills, and building their self-confidence, a skill particularly vital for women working in cultures traditionally dominated by males. Since its inception in 2002, it has trained 217 women from 19 countries with 200+ Canadian credit unions playing host and mentor to program participants.
In addition to providing a unique professional development opportunity to women credit union managers from overseas, it is also a mutual learning opportunity for Canadian credit unions and co-operators who host them.
The program focuses on education, training, leadership skills and development. CDF, in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, is able to provide bursaries to cover the full or partial costs of the program for selected participants like Chisomo Chisale.
To extend program reach and empower even more women around the world, we are currently expanding the WMP into the women's home countires. By breaking the barrier of distance that limits the number of women the program can reach if travellng to Canada, we make the program accessible to all by working with partners and offering the program in countries like Malawi, Ghana, Kenya and Mongolia.
If you would like to make a donation to this program of women empowering women, please visit our Global Giving donation page.