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Penda Ndao from Senegal best student in ALN programme

PENDA Ndao from Senegal emerged best student of 2021 women empowerment programme. Penda got a scholarship for a training course at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s Academy for Leadership in Germany in 2022.
Penda Ndao

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This was announced by Inge Herbert, Director of Friedrich-Naumann Foundation  in Sub-Saharan Africa and lead donor of the African Liberal Network. This year’s winners are Penda Ndao of Senegal, Jael Omunyang’oli of Kenya and Catherine Jacobs of South Africa. They all were offered to participate in training courses in Germany in 2022.

The ALN women empowerment programme attracts women leaders from political parties in Africa. It is funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation of Germany (FNF), the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Liberal Democrats of the United Kingdom, the liberal parties VVD and D66 of the Netherlands as well as Liberal International. It is implemented by the African Liberal Network. The programme aims at enabling and preparing women to take up leadership positions in their respective political party structures as well as elective public positions at all levels.

Penda Ndao holds a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Management Techniques, a Masters in Audit and Management Control and another Masters in Financial Institution Management (Banking). She is currently working at the African agency for Trade and Development.

On the political scene, Penda is member of the Senegalese liberal party REWMI. She is heading the National Secretariat of her party’s women youth wing. She is also a graduate from the “Liberal Academy”, a leadership training of excellence offered by FNF in Senegal.  Penda is looking forward to participate in the next Senegalese election for an elective public office.

Congratulating the winners, the President of Africa Liberal Network (ALN) Rt. Hon. Gilbert Noel Ouedraogo stated that: “It is only when women are able to come out and play their rightful role in the political sphere both within parties and in elective public offices that we are to change our continent”.

Taking her turn the President of Liberal International Hakim El Haite congratulated the Graduates and encouraged them to go and lead: ‘Women are equal partners, so go and take your rightful space in public life’ Hakima advised. 

ALN has been training fifteen outstanding political women leaders from various countries in Africa every year since 2019. This year’s participants came from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Tanzania, Senegal, Malawi, South Africa, Somalia and Tunisia.