YESS Girls partnered with inspiring women who have accepted invitations to become the Friends of Guiding, in a bid to promote Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in the African region and attract more girls and young women.
Tanzania’s first female vice president, Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, accepted an invitation to become a Friend of Guiding and as one of the few women on the continent who has risen to the rank, she will use her inspirational voice and platform to ‘find a possibility to make a contribution in assisting girls to reach their fullest potential’.
Also joining is an 18 year-old Maud Chifamba from Zimbabwe, Africa’s youngest university student. She was admitted for an Accounting degree at the age of 14 and received a Great Young Achievers Award at the Great Women Awards held in Dubai, as well as the Panel Choice Award at the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards in 2014.
Other Friends of Guiding in the Africa region engaged by the YESS Girls participants include:
- Dr. Bilha.Muthoni Kiama Murage, Chief Pharmacist at Kenyatta University, Kenya
- Uganda's Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja
- Enala Temba Mwase, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Zambia
- Bonfante Jeannine the president of the Chamber of Commerce & industry in Haute Region Matsiatra, Madagascar and
- Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza, the Deputy Commissioner of Rwanda Correctional Services.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is currently reaching 10 million girls and young women worldwide with only 800 000 of those in the Africa region. The appointed Friends of Guiding will use their inspiring voices to positively influence the world on issues affecting girls and young women in their own countries, across the region and the world, and inspire girls to join Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement.