Global Ambassadors Program
Arije is currently a freelance consultant specializing in microfinance and training/mentoring small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) business owners, accredited by the International Labour Organization as a trainer for Start- and Improve- Your Business (SYB & IYB) programs. She has served as the deputy chief executive officer of CONSULTUS, based in Amman, Jordan, the general manager for Microfund for Women, and as the operations manager of the Jordanian Women’s Development Society (JWDS).
Abeer, GAP 2013 mentee, has worked extensively in the private, public, global non-profit and educational sectors. She runs StayLinked, a start-up company that aims to increase human development and employment by providing job opportunities for professionals. Abeer is also the Country Officer at Women’s Campaign International (WCI), an international organization working in emerging democracies and post-conflict regions around the world.
"Women frequently face cultural barriers and discrimination in moving into leadership positions, and it is very helpful have experienced role models and mentors who can provide guidance and encouragement." - Ann Veneman, former Executive Director of UNICEF and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Read the Forbes article in which Veneman discusses why she is so passionate about our Global Ambassadors Program and the importance of leadership and mentorship in empowering women globally!
"At its basic level, leadership is developing the capacity to transform our own lives and circumstances, and as our confidence grows we extend that capacity to our broader sphere of influence." - Wendy Luhabe, Champion of Economic Empowerment for Women and Co-Founder of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Read Wendy Luhabe's interview in Forbes to learn why she was motivated to be a mentor in our Global Ambassadors Program, and why she believes that women's leadership is so important!
Read this article about our Global Ambassadors Program in Haiti, and how Bank of America marketing executive Justine Metz found her role as a mentor to be a life-changing experience: ow.ly/cnXfA
From a remote Kenyan village to bustling Kabul and Calcutta, members of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network gathered from around the world to join Ambassadors and mentees for an intense mentoring forum on Day 2 of the Global Ambassadors Program in Cape Town, South Africa. Check out the blog on our website: ow.ly/bTl9N
Helen Gwanfobe (right) is seeking to expand her work serving children by opening centers or orphanages. She has used the GLN to connect with Andeisha Farid of Afghanistan (center) and Rosana Shaack of Liberia (left). They all are sharing common challenges and strategies serving young women and girls.