What Inspires You?

By Cherelle Leilani Latafale Fruean, YWCA of Samoa

Today we began the YWCA Pacific Leadership and Skills Building Training in Honiara. Young women gathered from the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Samoa to discuss the successes and challenges of young women leading change in the Pacific. We had an amazing group of facilitators from the World YWCA leading our discussion. They created a space where all of us felt safe, empowered and inspired!

One of the main themes of today was inspiration. What inspires you? Or WHO inspires you? Someone that truly inspired me today was Diana from the YWCA of the Solomon Islands. A young woman with a disability that didn’t let anything affect her enthusiasm for life or her passion for empowering young women! In the short moment I spent with her she set my whole mood for the rest of the conference. I was driven, empowered, motivated, energetic, hopeful and thankful. I was inspired.group photoBy the end of the day, we had shared common struggles with our Pacific sisters and created some sustainable solutions. By the end of the day, we had collectively envisioned our ‘Big YWCA Dream’. A dream to have a World Class Young Women’s Leadership Programme that empowers and inspires women all over the world. By the end of the day, we had formed a bond amongst sisters, motivated by the struggles of our young Pacific women. By the end
of the day, we were inspired!

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