“Be a busy, vibrant, independent and goal-oriented type of a woman who do not wait around for someone to validate her existence”. Achiro Itwari
Miss. Itwari is a young passionate leader who is striving to make the world a better place to live in by starting the change with herself first. A 2016 graduate from St. Lawrence University Uganda, Miss Itwari is a hardworking, creative, God fearing and a goal-oriented young woman. She strives for excellence in everything she does. Her vision is to be an exemplary leader who will actively participate and empower other youth in her community for development.
How did the Incubator - Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) strengthen your skills and motivate you?
The incubator program was one of a kind. I will forever cherish it because first of all, it is the first training I have ever attended. I was abit shy and nervous at the beginning of the training because I didn't know how to speak in public. The Incubator has perfected my public speaking skills and I came out more confident. I can now address a congregation without fear. Now more than ever I am willing and motivated to pursue my dreams without fear of the future. I am confident that nothing can stop me. Through the program, I have gained innovation, determination and the ability to apply knowledge and learning proactively. This was evident during my change project - “Young Women Engaging the Community – Teenage Pregnancy”, a research I have conducted in Juba Teaching hospital documenting teenage pregnancies.
What particular module did you like during the training?
The training modules were all essential to me as a transformational leader and each part has contributed in shaping the new person I have become. Most importantly, I picked interest in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, because it was more practical and relevant to the context of my country. I understood my community better and what our position as women are in our various communities. The exposure visits concretized the theory and made it easier to understand the situation of women in the context of South Sudan.
What are some of your plans for 2019?
I am motivated and I hope to grow in my career and develop especially in the area of community service as it gives me the opportunity to change lives. I plan to build strong networks and create links, which will be essential for my research and also meet people who are driven by their passion to serve South Sudan. Most importantly, I am planning to go back to school to further my studies.
What advice would you give to other young women out there?
My dear young women, "Don't let fear stop you from trying new opportunities, and never think, " I can't do that because I'm a woman." You will discover there are no limits to what is possible for you in life. Be a lifelong learner. “Be a busy, vibrant, independent and goal-oriented type of a woman who do not wait around for someone to validate her existence”.