Zimbabwe Peace Project is proud to announce that Ms Jestina Mukoko, our National Director, has been selected to represent Zimbabwe in the 5th Edition of the Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact to be held in Yale University and Washington DC from 11-18 May 2019.
Ms Mukoko, together with Commissioner Priscilla Chigumba are the first Zimbabweans to be invited for this prestigious Forum since its inception.
The Leadership Forum was started in 2015 and is organised by the Women for Africa Foundation, a Spanish Non Profit Organisation, in collaboration with Yale University targeted at African women holding high level responsibilities and have shown a strong commitment and leadership in their countries. The program seeks to effectively capacitate women in public institutions, buoyed by the correlation that when women have higher representations in public institutions, there are lower levels of corruption.
Ms Mukoko expressed her delight for this invitation, “I am very proud to be selected and I will certainly hoist the Zimbabwean flag high. This is surely a great honour. I am a proud Zimbabwean at heart who has a lot to offer in the work that I do, I feel this is an acknowledgement to our work at Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP)”.
Ms Mukoko’s commitment to Human Rights and observance of peace in Zimbabwe is well chronicled. In 2010 she received an International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. State Department for having shown exceptional courage and leadership in advancing Human Rights. This, she believes, likely added weight to her selection to participate in the Forum, “They asked for my CV and I believe my track record as a Human Rights activist and Peace campaigner was quite evident, hence this selection.
Previous attendees of the Forum include former South African Public Prosecutor Thulisile Madonsela, a former Chief of State, former Prime Minister and Ministers currently in office from various African countries.
“To be selected with such a group of influential individuals is testament that my work is regarded at par to that of these exceptional women. I look forward to enhancing my skills and envisage that this will help Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) and put us in a different pedestal as well as the communities we work with” said Ms Mukoko.
Indeed there is much to gain from the program which starts off with a four day seminar at Yale University with renowned scholars, political representatives as well as experts from different fields. This program will focus on best practises in governance and development of leadership capacities through engaging participants in an academic program designed by Yale and Women for Africa Foundation
In the second segment of the program, delegates will travel to Washington DC where they will interact with high level political, social and economic representative from prestigious institutions in that country as well as international organisations. Previous Forum Delegates have interacted and interviewed former State Secretary Hillary Clinton, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Legarde, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, White House Chairperson of Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett among many others.
“I’m particularly looking forward to the Yale program. I have heard so much about the University and will relish the chance to be in such a prestigious academic institution, it’s a tick on my bucket list. Furthermore interacting with other women enriches me-particularly those from the African continent. I recently was at a conference in South Africa and feeling really proud that my database of sisters is growing. I look forward to adding more to this database and learning from fellow African sisters” said Ms Mukoko.
“I’d like to also add that this a great honour not only for me but to the entire ZPP project and to all Zimbabwean women who value and respect Human Rights and building of peace. This is something very close to my heart and we as women have the potential to reach the ultimate in building peace. We need to actively build bridges; unfortunately we seem to be at a time when there are a lot of bridges being burnt and lack of consolidation. Women can be instrumental in mending fences, building each other and our nation,” said Ms Mukoko.
If you are concerned about acts of human rights violations in your community ZPP encourages you to get in touch on WhatsApp numbers: +263 774 883 406 and +263 774 883 417 and Toll free number 080 80199