Tunis, Tunisia – Taking what she has learned from trainings hosted by the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute’s (AWLI), Imen Benhamed, one of the AWLI’s youngest participants (left), has begun working with youth organizations in Tunisia to help their members develop leadership skills.
Benhamed has worked with the Generations Communication Society, the Society of Science and Leadership and the Tunisian Scouts. Additionally, young women from political parties participated in Benhamed training sessions. Benhamed was inspired to share what she had learned after her attending AWLI’s core training programs, most recently, one focused on women’s roles in political reforms which included a session on building leadership skills for women.
In 2011, Benhamed received the Blossoming Champion award as part of AWLI’s annual Leadership Challenge Awards which recognizes AWLI members who have demonstrated active leadership in government office, civil society and among youth in their countries.
Most recently, Benhamed has expressed interest in running for local office. Through an annual scholarship from the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network, Benhamed was selected to attend the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, a week-long program that trained 68 women, including 12 international students who plan to run for office or work as a campaign manager. While the date for the next round of local elections in Tunisia has not been set, they are expected to be held sometime in Spring 2013.
AWLI recognizes Benhamed for her determined efforts to give a greater voice to young women of Tunisia.