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Hon. Senator Gakuba Jeanne d’Arc in mentorship to ULK female students

In life we need role models to follow in their steps and
become heroes just as they emerged. It is even more than a privilege to have a
mentor in far-succeeding, determined and leading icons. Young Rwandan women
have been tremendously privileged in getting their mentors in Rwandan women
leaders. Hon Senator Gakuba Jeanne d’Arc and Mrs. Mpembyemungu Winfride the
Mayor of Musanze District, were chosen as mentors of ULK female students and
consequently, on 24th June 2013 the mentorship program started when Hon Senator
Gakuba Jeanne d’Arc met ULK female students as their mentor. The guest was welcomed
by the Vice Rector of Research Postgraduate Studies Dr Kasai Ndahiriwe.

The Rwanda Women Leaders Network (RWLN) was officially
launched by the First Lady H.E. Jeanette Kagame on 17th December 2012, to serve
as a platform for women in leadership to share experiences and ideas on how to
maintain their contribution towards the development of the country. The body
was initiated by the idea of the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion and UN
Rwanda with the objective of connecting all women leaders from government
sectors, private organizations, civil society, the media and Rwandan women from
the Diaspora. The network was intended to enable women leaders to create
partnerships with their peers and also to mentor young girls

Following the creation of this platform, female mentorship
programmes were designed to reach out female students in ten higher learning
institutions to make sure that young Rwandan girls are skilled enough in terms
of leadership and self-discipline skills to become self-confident, self-reliant
being future leaders and achievers.

Why young women need mentors

Diane Mariechild once said:” a woman is the full circle.
Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”This was supported by
Hon Senator Gakuba Jeanne d’Arc offering her keynote address by stressing that
the effective way to defeat the national concern of producing a successful
future generation is to empower young women today, the future leaders and
shakers of tomorrow, to take hold of their full potential, build their personality,
develop their positive social skills in order to shape the change the Future
Rwanda needs. The speaker stated that female students will play a paramount
role in mentoring their young sister in secondary and primary schools. They
should therefore act consciously living for a positive impact to be the heroine
of their lives and not the victims of their uncalculated choices. “Get to live
a purpose-driven life as successful women, mothers, wives whose success benefit
not only one person, but a whole community from a generation to generations”

Nurturing the female students about the future
responsibilities as future leaders the speaker dwelt on all what it takes to be
a good leaders. Among others, the audience was brought to understand that the
qualities of a good leader include; self awareness, self direction, self
confidence, self discipline and vision. As leaders, one must have courage in
order to be decisive to stick to her convictions without hesitating to try a
new approach.

An Opportunity seized at a dash

ULK female students were delighted at the favor that ULK was
selected among piloting institutions foe mentorship programme. They were also
thankful about the mentors set aside for their sake. The dialogue has turned
out to be a special occasion for female students to share their ambitions to
become great achievers who are endowed with a patriotic spirit. Senator Gakuba
Jeanne d’Arc urged the audience to use their opportunities and be always guided
by moral values and positive principles; “Know your ambition have a clear
vision achieve beyond the average and strive for excellence. The sky is the


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