Alumni Spotlight: Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe (Uganda)

We are pleased to share that Ms. Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe has been named the Executive Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. AMwA was founded to create space for African women to organize autonomously, identify issues of concern to them and to empower them to speak for themselves. AMwA aims to provide solidarity, support, awareness, and to link African women active in skills building and self-development.

In February 2005, Ms. Kimbugwe participated in WLP's Africa Regional Leadership Institute where WLP’s manual Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women and the multimedia curriculum, Leading to Choices: A Multimedia Curriculum for Leadership Learning were used to strengthen women's leadership and participatory decision-making skills. As a recognized leader in her previous position at the Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET), WLP Nigeria invited Ms. Kimbugwe to attend the Africa Institute in Calabar, Nigeria. Twenty-four women from eight African countries — Cameroon Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe — participated in the institute. The goal was to strengthen participants’ leadership capacity and training skills and to equip them with the tools and methodology to empower women to become effective decision-makers in their families, communities, and societies.

At the institute participants learn about the concept and methodology of empowering change makers at the grassroots. They experience WLP’s innovative and inclusive leadership learning strategies that are rooted in cultural, religious, and socio-economic conditions of each society and learn to realize their agency, create action plans, and mobilize their communities to bring about change.

Ms. Kimbugwe said the training rejuvenated her and gave her new focus to continue with coalition-building to achieve shared goals. She said the leadership model and training techniques that she learned at the institute would be integrated in the training that Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) was preparing in advance of the campaign for national elections.

Ms. Kimbugwe is a well-known feminist analyst of the women’s movement in Uganda. She was the coordinator of UWONET, and a lecturer in development studies at Makerere University and Nkumba University. She holds a BA in social sciences and a MA in development studies from the University of East Anglia, Norwich in the United Kingdom.

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