President Obama engages with CAMFED Association members on leadership and driving change

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President Obama and the Obama Foundation welcomed young leaders from across the globe—including two members of our sisterhood, the CAMFED Association—to an event that took place in Athens, Greece, between June 19th and 22nd.

Eliza Chikoti from Malawi and Natasha Lwanda from Zambia traveled to represent our movement at a leadership symposium for a select group convened by the Obama Foundation. 

CAMFED is a longstanding member of the Girls Opportunity Alliance, an Obama Foundation program that aims to empower adolescent girls through education to achieve their full potential, and transform their families, communities, and countries.

It was a great platform, bringing education champions across the world together to share best practices and support one another. We must celebrate our successes and the wins we’re making in our communities. It’s not a one-man show, to change the world, it’s a collaborative effort.
Eliza Chikoti, CAMFED Association leader, Malawi

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Young leaders like Eliza and Natasha are stepping up to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. The convening was designed to support them to exchange ideas, workshop solutions, and build connections. President Obama was in attendance to learn about the challenges leaders face, and opportunities to advance their work.

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What I learned from President Obama is that leadership is a relay race. Each of us is running and we have to know that there is someone to pass the baton to. We cannot do this single-handedly. Most of the challenges that we’re looking at are big challenges that cannot be solved in this year or even in 10 years to come, but as long as we’re making progress, then we should know our efforts are working.
Natasha Lwanda, CAMFED Association leader, Zambia

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