Two Facebook group creators from Pakistan — Kanwal Ahmed of Soul Sisters Pakistan and Nadia Patel Gangjee of Sheops — have been selected as fellows for Facebook's first Community Leadership Program.
Kanwal and Nadia are two of 115 community leaders selected from a pool of over 6000 applicants from around the world for this program, which aims to empower leaders who are building communities around the world.
The selected 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.
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.
In case you're wondering who these women are (even though they need no introduction!), here's what they've done: 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 recognised 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.
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