In 2018, I was contacted by a woman in Zanzibar, Lilian Benard Okoth, who told me about a dream she had, of one day starting a chicken farm, producing eggs, which she could develop a business from. Now the farm is built, and Lilian has taken her first step into the business world. She has ambitions to run a sustainable business, expand it, and provide jobs for other women. The process we have gone through with the construction of the farm, and meeting Lilian, made me want to focus on and celebrate some of the many women in Zanzibar who are doing outstanding things, who are involved in the hospitality and tourist industry, who hold public leadership roles, who are entrepreneurs and business women, and those who are a driving force in their communities, leading women’s groups, working with children, the elderly and other initiatives that develop the society in important ways. These women seldom get any attention or recognition – and so came the idea of discovering and promoting role models for women who want someone to look up to and be inspired by. Thus, WomenFuture was a fact.
John John Bruseth, WomenFuture Initiator
Lilian Benard Okoth and John John Bruseth on Zanzibar, 2018.
We are awarding a prize to the Woman of the Year, and find ways to promote her and her achievements.
Our vision is that the prize will be widely known in Zanzibar as an important annual event with the objective of highlighting female role models in Zanzibar and inspire other women to become entrepreneurs, to start businesses, to become leaders, or to lead ways in fields mostly dominated by men.
Gender equality is one of UN’s 17 Goals to Transform Our World
In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In early August 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations reached consensus on the outcome document of the new agenda “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Goal number 5 involves Gender equality and has as its main aim to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. It is further stated that ‘gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.Visit the UN
A leadership consultancy with extensive experience in the field of leadership education and development in general and leadership women in particular. Executive director is Dr. Irmelin Drake, who is also an associate professor of leadership at Kristiania University College in Norway. In 2004, Dr. Drake co-founded Top 10, a highly successful initiative which over the years have resulted in the celebration and exposure of numerous 1.immigrant role models in Norwegian media and society.
Dream Big Women Academy
Our mission is to empower, teach and train women in making their own small businesses and increase their income. We provide the opportunities for them to lift themselves, their children and families and thus the society. Please visit: www.dreambigwomenacademy.no
Johooo is an Norwegian NGO, helping women and young girls in Zanzibar. Through education in chicken and egg production, and by giving them funds to start their own chickenfarm, we are helping to make a future for them and their children. Lillian's farm is an example of this. Her chicken farm in Mtule was built from funds from Johooo - and we are currently building a farm for a group of women of 20 in Unguja Ukuu. All the women receiving funds from Johooo, are also attending the class in the Practical Permaculture Institute, and are being followed up by Fumba Town Service center.
Symfoni Next has broad expertise and competence with design, technology and project management, with a focus on Google Cloud Solutions. Symfoni Next has been involved in the making and branding of WomenFuture, as well as funding for Lilian's farm in Mtule.