Rwandan teenager, Justin Kakumba Hagena been elected as the new head of the World Congress of Global Partnership, for the next two years.
Hagena was elected at the event hosted by Duksung Women’s University in Partnership with the UN Women in Seoul, Korea, from August 4-15, 2014.
Hagena was among the 400 students (only 20 of them male) selected globally to participate at the World Congress of Global Partnership.
He earned a ticket to the event after submitting an application contest showing how he would be vital in empowering women in Rwanda, if given the opportunity to learn from the event.
In his remarks, Hagena said that he would strive for other Rwandans to participate in the forum and implement the objectives of women’s empowerment in his country.
The theme of the World Congress 2014 is “Serving Together: Education for Empowerment of Women”. The Congress aims at strengthening women’s global partnership and leadership.
The World Congress 2014 also seeks to establish a strong global network of young women and how to serve together for the global society particularly into Africa and Asia.
Participants exchanged ideas and suggested new paradigm on women’s development from different perspectives.
The World Congress 2014 included the Global Leaders Forum, Gender Partnership and Women Entrepreneurship at the plenary panels.
The event also held a Global Student’s Contest at the special sessions in four areas including Career Development, Health and Nutrition, Science and Technology and Art & Design and also held several various training programs for young women on the theme.
The Congress was also an opportunity to develop linkages for volunteer projects and internships along with external partners in the public, private sectors and NGO/INGOs, establishment of international networks and to encourage cooperation among young women from Asia and Africa and held discussions on planning and budgeting, peace and security, equality, empowerment and violence against women.