Spotlight on: Desire – Futurist Women
Hear from Dot Dot Dot guardian and team member, Desire, about her volunteering with Futurist Women. She’s been involved with the launch of the social enterprise, aiming to tackle unemployment amongst young women in and around Africa.
I’ve been involved with the project from the beginning as one of the founding team. My friend and founder of Futurist Women, Tiffany Nelson, brought the idea to me and I immediately wanted to get involved and make it happen. We want to encourage young women to think outside the box, be more creative and grow with the times and technology.
We set up Futurist Women to provide exposure and equality for women and youth in underdeveloped communities. We want to educate and empower them with the skills and knowledge to allow them to adapt to the developing trends across all disciplines. The vision is to build socially and economically conscious global leaders, who are ready to embrace gender and career equalities.
I was involved with planning the launch in Ghana, which was in December last year. As the Curator, it was my job to organise meet-ups for the team in Ghana to make sure that plans were coming along smoothly. I oversaw and assisted in writing proposals and emails to potential guest speakers and sponsors for the event. My main goal is to get our name out there and gain credibility as a social enterprise.
Our launch event entitled ‘Millennial Maiden’ was a huge success. Over the two days we introduced who we are and the aims of Futurist Women, alongside networking sessions and inspiring talks from leading women in various industries such as oil and gas, media, construction and health.
What’s next on the cards for Futurist Women? We’re planning more events in Ghana, Nigeria and the UK, and we’re working hard to set up internships with some great organisations and government bodies such as Economic Community of West African States. If you want to find out more, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Facebook page.