From February 15-20, 2023, IGE’s Center for Women, Faith & Leadership (CWFL) hosted the 2023 Hybrid Fellowship Cohort in S. Africa for an in-person workshop and conference. The program brought together 10 women leaders from 9 countries including, Nigeria, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, USA, Japan, and Mongolia. The start of the week kicked off with a 3-day intensive skill-building workshop in Stellenbosch on Religion, Gender & Identity Dialogue; Challenge in Leadership; Helping Skills; Filming and Sharing Your Story; Spiritualizing Our Struggles; Thought Leadership; Public Speaking; and The Power of Networking. The Fellows also had the opportunity to meet with executives from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, Molo Mhlaba, The Actualize and Success Lab, and The World for All Foundation.
Mid-week, the Fellows participated in a cultural tour of the Cape Town area, and visited key sites such as Robben Island. They also received consultation on their Capstone Projects, a key element of the CWFL Fellowship where Fellows obtain a stipend to address an issue facing vulnerable and marginalized populations in innovative ways. The Capstone Project gives Fellows an opportunity to tangibly apply the skills and techniques they have been learning during their Fellowship experience. Fellows had the opportunity to participate in the first day of the Institute for Global Engagement Religion and Rule of Law Conference, presenting their Capstone Projects during a special evening symposium.
Upon completion of their Capstone Presentations, the 2022 CWFL Hybrid Fellows joined a body of 107 Fellowship alumna, across 34 countries.