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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.

(Blog) Day 3: Mumbai, Global Ambassadors in India

(Blog) Day 2: New Delhi, Global Ambassadors in India

(Blog) Day 1: New Delhi, Global Ambassadors in India

From Oct. 15-21, professional women from around the world will meet with six of India's emerging women leaders.

"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

A picture of the Ambassadors and their mentees in South Africa during our Global Ambassadors Program. Read our latest blog on how mentorship leads to leadership: ow.ly/bYfZ1

Mentoring forum facilitator Kah Walla guides a working group during the development of the global action plan in Cape Town.

Global Ambassador Ann Veneman from the United States discusses the importance of making a clear case for the return on investing in women as fellow Global Ambassador Wendy Luhabe from South Africa and mentoring forum participants look on.

Mentoring forum participants look on as Luz Maria de la Mora Sanchez, who works in trade and development consulting in Mexico, shares her experience with mentoring during a working session in Cape Town.

Mentoring forum facilitator Kah Walla from Cameroon leads a session on developing clear objectives as participants consider priorities for the global action platform on women’s leadership being developed during a working session in Cape Town.

Inez McCormack, Global Ambassador from Ireland, discusses the value of cooperation among women during a working session on mentoring in Cape Town as fellow Global Ambassador from the Unites States Denise Menelly looks on.

Mentoring forum participant Rebecca Lolosoli from rural Kenya shares her perspective on the power of connecting with a global network during a working session on mentoring strategies in Cape Town.

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

Global Ambassador Wendy Luhabe shares a story about her career path with mentee Brigitte Dzogbenuku during their first one-on-one mentoring session at the Global Ambassadors Program in Cape Town.

Kah Walla, forum facilitator leads an opening session at the Global Ambassadors Program in Cape Town.

Mentees Noha Khateib and Liron Peleg-Hadomi from Israel share ideas about their mentorship experience during a working session at the Global Ambassadors Program in Cape Town.

Local artisan Beauty Moyo constructs wire model of an antelope at Street Wires in Cape Town.

Local craft worker Ernest Purazi demonstrated his technique to Global Ambassador Wendy Luhabe during a visit to Street Wires in Cape Town.

Global Ambassadors Ann Veneman, Jennifer Taylor and Wendy Luhabe visit Street Wires, a local wire and bead craft shop in Cape Town, while entrepreneur Ohubekani assembles a product.

Helen Gwanfobe of Cameroon, Rosana Schaack of Liberia, Brigitte Dzogbenuku of Ghana, and Rebecca Lolosoli of Kenya: sharing ideas on mentoring and support for girls in Africa.

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.