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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

YOWLI 2012 Call for Applications

Call for applications for the fourth edition of the
Young Women's Knowledge and Leadership Institute (YOWLI/IJAL)
"Young People Defining Social Justice Agenda in Africa"

The African Women’s Millennium Initiative (AWOMI) organizes from 27 December 2012 to 3 January 2013 in Dakar, Senegal the fourth edition of the Young Women Knowledge and Leadership Institute  (YOWLI).

YOWLI is a space for exchange and capacity development to reinforceknowledge, networking, organizing and advocacy. It has provided to hundred of young people the opportunity to create their own organization, to advance in their professional developmentto speak for the voiceless or to go back to school to continue their graduate studies.

Through this training, AWOMI wants to contribute to the creation and consolidation of democratic citizenship based on dialogue between Africa’ syoung women and men, its Diaspora and its policy makers.
The YOWLI always includes an economic literacy dimension. It brings together young activists with a few economics students interested in inequalities andsocial justice issues. This year, the YOWLI will facilitate a dialogue on and sharing of lessons learnt from youth involvement in the past Senegalesepresidential elections. Indeed priority will still be given to a significantparticipation and representation of young women in the YOWLI. International legal instruments such as the Beijing Platform for Action and others will be examined. Some of the adolescents will also be invited to the YOWLI.

Cost to participate:
For participants who will be fully funded by the program, plane ticket or ground transportation and room and board will be provided.
Participants who self-fund their participation should cover their travel costs and pay $3000 for participating.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Be African for of African descent
  • Be aged between 18 and 25 by December 2012
  • Be a student member of an organization
  • Be tolerant, truthful and humble; demonstrate leadership abilities; be creative and demonstrate critical thinking abilities.  

If you are interested in participating to the YOWLI 2012 fill out the form and send it to  yowli2012@awomi.org and copy  awomiyowli@gmail.com before the 20th of November, 2012.

 Application deadline: November 20, 2012

If you have any issues downloading this document, please contact us immediately and we can email you a copy of the application.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Call for Applications: The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund

The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund is an environmental innovations fund set up in memory of Prof. Wangari Maathai that is aimed at developing action-oriented young people with strong values and commitment to the conservation of the physical and social environment in Kenya. The fund has been established by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Green Belt Movement and Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF).
The scholarship fund will be awarded annually, with the first cycle being granted during the 2013 academic year. In this first year, the tertiary education scholarship will be awarded to a young woman aged 18 to 25 years, who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation. This individual must have also demonstrated their ability to successfully mobilize people and provide leadership in environmental advocacy.
Selection Criteria:
·         Young women of between the ages of 18 – 25 years.
·         Kenyan citizens currently residing in Kenya
·         The scholarship is limited to applicants who have enrolled in a Kenyan tertiary institution
·         Ability to demonstrate the environmental conservation project(s) they have started or have been involved in and how those initiatives have impacted people in their community, in ways that have improved environmental health and sustainability, and the fund’s goals of achieving a greener, cleaner and a more sustainable community.
How to Apply
Detailed application guidelines and application forms can be downloaded here.
Completed APPLICATION FORMS can be submitted by email to grants@kcdf.or.ke. Printed copies may be submitted to KCDF Offices in Pangani to be received on or before 5.00pm, 30th November 2012. Applicants must cross check with the checklist that all the required attachments are included; otherwise incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
For more on the fund, kindly contact:
The Coordinator
The Wangari Maathai Scholarships Fund
P.O Box 10501-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Monday, November 5, 2012

Katrina Khagai-Founder of Pure Maiden Ltd.

Katrina Khagai, Head designer at Pure Maiden Ltd

Katrina is a young, up and coming designer, based in Nairobi…for now at least. She’s been keen on design since the age of eight while watching Style with Elsa Klensch, CNN's weekly fashion and design television program.

Fresh out of college, she founded Pure Maiden Ltd, a design and décor company. The company name has a somewhat flat back-story. A 16 year-old Katrina was obsessed with names and their meanings. She looked up her own name and the constant result was, ‘pure’, ‘the pure one’, ‘purity’ so it was quite refreshing to come across ‘pure maiden’ and thus presented the origin of the company name. She wanted the company to be representative of her without giving it an obvious and non-creative  name like ‘Katrina Designs’.

 Katrina has always loved design and décor and although she initially wasn’t sure how to make the connection between her interest in fashion and interior design, recent projects and responsibilities have provided a way to merge them seamlessly.  Her title as “designer” has therefore taken on many outfits: soft furnishing and home accessories (pillows, duvets and curtains), custom-made dresses for girls and fashion accessories. 

Katrina is bold and loves to combine colours and textures that people wouldn’t normally put together. Her jewellery collection is reflective of her unconventional side while her soft furnishings, much like the name, show a softer chic side with careful attention to detail and finishing. 


Katrina studied design at The University of Nairobi. She worked as a design assistant at Occasions and Days Ltd, under designer Monica Kanari where she learnt the ropes through apprenticeship. She credits her knowledge of various fabrics, improved design skill and close attention to detail to Monica.

Target Market

Pure Maiden targets young professionals with a chic, unconventional aesthetic as this is a group to grow and develop with over the years as the brand expands. That being said, Pure Maiden also hopes to cater to an older demographic by way of classic, vintage-inspired accessories.

What’s next for Pure Maiden?

There are a few projects underway at Pure Maiden. New collections should be released before the year end.Look out for more details on the same on Pure Maidens facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PureMaidenLtd?ref=ts&fref=ts

Katrina in a Nut-shell

Crazy about design…almost obsessively so, absolutely loves shades of purple, particularly burgundy, quiet with a touch of quirky and obsessed with 1940s-50s style. Looking forward to transforming lots of spaces.

so if you’re looking for a designer, who is unconventional and always trumps normal!Pure Maiden is your best bet!