Pakistan ‘Soul Sisters’ among women selected for Facebook leadership program

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Two Facebook group creators from Pakistan have made it to the list as fellows for Facebook’s first Community Leadership Program, a news report has revealed.

According to the Dawn news report, Kanwal Ahmed of Soul Sisters Pakistan and Nadia Patel Gangjee of Sheops are two of 115 community leaders selected from a pool of over 6,000 applicants from around the world for this program.

The program aims to empower leaders who are building communities around the world. Participants will be trained and funded by Facebook (each will receive up to $50,000 to be used for their community initiative) to further their vision for their respective groups.

According to the report, the program has three main components: an educational curriculum designed around leadership development, strategic community engagement and technical skills, financial support for offline community building activities and help and guidance from community building experts, Facebook leaders and other participants.

Online safe space

Kanwal Ahmed started Soul Sisters Pakistan, an online safe space for Pakistani women to share their issues, voice their stories and seek support; women can network as well as find legal, financial and psychological help.

“They saw something special in Soul Sisters Pakistan. They recognized my relentless drive to empower women with THEIR voice. They thought my vision for my community was worth investing in. They wanted me to be part of their program with a hundred brilliant leaders and minds from around the world. I am humbled. Honoured. And absolutely drenched in gratitude,” wrote Kanwal on Facebook.

Nadia Patel Gangjee is the founder of Sheops, Pakistan’s first online marketplace for women, providing home-based women, female entrepreneurs and women-oriented businesses a safe platform to start and scale their businesses.

“The big news came in the form of an email at 6 AM on my birthday that I was selected as a fellow for the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Humbled and honoured beyond words for this recognition of my efforts for empowering women and yet another opportunity to make Pakistan proud,” said Nadia.

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