The Young Women's Christian Association of Samoa began their one-week training of Trainers for its Rise Up Programme at T.A.T.T.E. yesterday.
The Y.W.C.A. of SAMOA is an international Christian faith-based organisation with international links.
As part of the training, participants were told that achieving results in the workplace; building and nurturing relationships and communicating and influencing others were vital components needed by leaders.
The training seeks to establish a core group of young women who will go into villages and share information which will enable young women to meet the challenges of life as a young woman.
President, Maiava Visekota Peteru said that it’s very important for young Christian women to know their roles in their community.
The main initiative of the training is to encourage young women to take up leadership and to raise awareness about Human Rights, Culture and Tradition, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Climate Change and other issues affecting young women.
Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Naea Beth Onesemo shared her view on leadership with participants.
“I see that you are here to be trained as trainers for leadership positions. For you to exercise leadership, one of the things that you need to know is to be able to achieve results in your own areas of work,” she said.
“You need to have the ability to build and nurture relationships. It’s quite hard to be a leader, if you’re not able to lead everyone else.”
“You must be able to communicate."
“No matter how fantastic your thoughts are, or the passion that you have inside of you, or whatever your goal may be; if you don’t have the ability to communicate and influence others, it will be quite hard to exercise leadership.”
The YWCA of Samoa aims to equip young women to become leaders today and to encourage them to speak out about the elimination of violence, teenage pregnancy and other relevant issues for young women.
The Rise up Programme was created by Pacific Women, from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea and is now being planted in Samoa.
The YWCA of Samoa was incorporated in 1974 and over the years has mentored many young women of Samoa into leadership roles.