Kicking Off

Between the 14th and 17th of October, we kicked off our professionalization programme with two workshops on Leadership, Empowerment, and Management. Thirty-six participants representing thirty-five Afghan civil society organizations attended the workshops held in Kabul.

The workshop was designed as an interactive and practical seminar for senior managerial staff representing each organization participating in our professionalization programme. Through a combination of lectures and group activities, the workshop provided a forum for learning, sharing ideas, and critically evaluating concepts on self-awareness, empowerment, leadership, conflict resolution, management, and teambuilding. Participants were receptive to training concepts and overwhelmingly indicated that the training had been useful to them and the organizations they represented. This workshop was designed and facilitated by Shqipe Malushi, an internationally renowned life coach, author, and women’s empowerment leader.

Participants during a session on October 17th

Participants during a session on October 17th

On October 17th, participants were given the opportunity to meet His Excellency Mr. Glenn V. Davidson – Canadian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Ambassador was introduced to our programme by staff and participants introduced their organizations and provided a brief recap of the previous day’s activities. During an inaugural speech to kick off the day’s workshop, the Ambassador reiterated Canada’s continued commitment to strengthening the leadership of civil society actors in promoting and protecting human rights and the rights of women in Afghanistan.

Responses from feedback surveys administered at the end of this training session have been incredibly positive. As you can tell, we’re thrilled to have gotten off to such a great start! One female participant said: “The workshop under Leadership, Empowerment and Management was a good opportunity for me – we discussed the issues related to skills of a good leader, and tactics to further develop an organization. Practical examples were provided and the content of the workshop satisfied my expectations.”

The ambassador with participants from the session.

Another female participant said that “the Leadership workshop was well-organized. Very important topics and issues were discussed in the training sessions. The participants [were] active contributors. The leadership skills that I have learned are very important; a good leader must have a clear vision and activities should [provide] momentum towards reaching the goals.”

Workshops will continue until the end of December 2012. There is plenty more to come, so watch this space!

-Written by Mohammad Sharif Samsor, Communications Officer

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