Global Women’s Leadership Network Announces Scholarship Recipients

New WOCCU Program Supports Development, Empowerment for Women

May 24, 2010

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000

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The Global Women's Leadership Network, a relatively new WOCCU initiaitive, held its first forum at WOCCU's 2009 World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

MADISON, Wis. — Eleven women from eight countries will benefit from attending the 2010 Global Women's Leadership Forum thanks to scholarships funded by members and member organizations of the Global Women's Leadership Network, a World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) program dedicated to the development and empowerment of women credit union leaders worldwide.

Named as this year's network scholarship recipients are Eliane Jose Ferreira, Brazil; Elenora Zgonjanin Petrovic, Macedonia; Elena Koleda, Belarus; Maria de Lourdes de Jesus Montalbo, Mexico; and Catherine Mwamba, Purity Maina, Mercy Macharia and Susan Gachora, all from Kenya. In addition, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada will fund scholarships for Swanzie Success Mawerenga, Malawi; and Rose Angeyamgo, Uganda; and the Louisiana Credit Union League will fund a scholarship for Natalia Vydrina, Russia.

All scholarship recipients receive a one-year network membership and registration to attend the July 10-11 Global Women's Leadership Forum. Several women will also have travel expenses and registration covered for The 1 Credit Union Conference. Both events are scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., USA.

The Global Women's Leadership Network debuted last year at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona, Spain, in recognition of the important role women play in credit unions all around the world, as well as the roles they play at the community and family levels, according to Brian Branch, WOCCU executive vice president and COO.

"Through our development work we have seen how important women have become in helping sustain and build credit union movements not only through their institutional involvement, but through participation in savings and lending groups that help support their families and strengthen their communities," said Branch. "Our goal is to support those current and potential women leaders and help bring their commitment and expertise to new levels of achievement. The Global Women's Leadership Network provides women with an international network that engages them in professional and personal development."

The Global Women's Leadership Network, which now counts more than 100 women from more than 20 countries among its membership ranks, is sponsoring its second invitation-only forum event this year in conjunction with The 1 Credit Union Conference, a joint event that combines CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference and WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference. The July 11 session will be professionally facilitated with a focus on educational presentations, confidential peer-to-peer exchanges, and candid table discussions on business-driven topics.

The network also is hosting T-Up Fore WOCCU, a golf tournament fundraiser that's open to all, to be held at Bear's Best Golf Course in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the July 10 event will help fund future network scholarships and development programs seeking to alleviate poverty by empowering women around the world. Those who are not yet network members and are interested in learning more about the program can attend a special informational session on July 14, the last day of the conference.

For more information on the Global Women's Leadership Network and to register for the T-Up Fore WOCCU golf fundraiser, visit To register for The 1 Credit Union Conference, visit


World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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