MADISON, Wis. — The Global Women's Leadership Network, co-founded by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), announced today that it awarded 10 scholarships for its 2011 Global Women's Leadership Forum. Network members and the CCA funded the scholarships as a way to empower and support women credit union leaders worldwide.
"The network enhances the development of credit unions around the globe by focusing on women professionals and leaders," said Jo-Anne Ferguson, CCA senior director of the international development program. "CCA is proud to join WOCCU in enabling women from rich and poor countries to meet their common commitment - professional development and learning, improved credit unions and personal enrichment."
This year's scholarship recipients include Eliane Jose Ferreira, Brazil; Elena Koleda, Belarus; Mercedes Castillo, Philippines; Amilvia Rios Martinez, Colombia; Veronica Muthoni Muchim, Kenya; Edith Concepcion Perez Gauto, Paraguay; Anna Chepotib Renoh, Kenya; Rosa Aminta Perez Guido, Nicaragua; Success Swanzi Mbiliyawaka, Malawi; and Rose Angeyando, Uganda.
All scholarship recipients will receive a one-year membership to the network; registration to attend the 2011 Global Women's Leadership Forum on July 24, and the World Credit Union Conference, July 24-27, both in Glasgow, Scotland; and additional funding to help recipients cover travel costs.
The Global Women's Leadership Network formed in 2009 to promote professional and personal development of credit union women around the world through peer-to-peer networking, social media and educational workshops. Together, members can interact and share international perspectives on common challenges within the movement.
"The Global Women's Leadership Network is dedicated to sharing resources to make a difference in our member's communities," said Susan Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic Associates, and a network member. "Through scholarships, members who might not be able to attend without financial support are given an opportunity to join us at the forum where we all learn from each other. I'm excited to meet this year's scholarship winners and together grow our network globally."
After the Global Women's Leadership Forum, which includes special presentations by industry leaders, confidential peer-to-peer exchanges and candid table discussions on business-driven topics, the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions will host a golf tournament at The Carrick on Loch Lomond in Scotland on July 28 to benefit the network. Proceeds from the tournament will help fund future scholarships and development programs designed to alleviate poverty by empowering women around the world with access to financial services.
For more information on the Global Women's Leadership Forum or to register for the golf fundraiser, visit www.cuwomen.org/gwln_events_upcoming. To register for the World Credit Union Conference, visit www.woccu.org/glasgow2011.
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 more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.