To affect positive social change around the world, Unilever has partnered with Vital Voices to co-create and launch a signature fellowship program, designed to empower a new cadre of global female change-makers who are driving positive change in their communities. Together, Vital Voices, and Unilever will identify and invest in 100 emerging women leaders from around the world over the next four years and enhance an already proven and successful fellowship model piloted by Vital Voices.
The 100 women leaders will be selected through a competitive application process. Those selected will be women with a proven or promising initiative that presents a solution to a local or global issue that is negatively impacting their communities. Women who are selected will receive support from the program to scale up their vision.
Through this fellowship program, Unilever and Vital Voices will identify and invest in women leaders to participate in a fellowship program that will consist of online training curriculum tailored to the specific needs of the women leaders in combination with peer to peer learning. This information and resources will be given with the aim of supporting and amplify the impact of their initiatives.
The first part of the fellowship will focus on crystalizing the leaders vision for change; the second part will concentrate on catalyzing change and scaling their work for maximum impact. At the end of four years, Unilever will have empowered 100 leaders who bring sustainable change to their communities and implement innovative solutions to the worlds greatest problems .
Part 1: Crystalizing A Vision For Change
The focus will be, honing their leadership skills and building a global network of changemakers. Online trainings will include a number of capacity-building modules designed to provide a solid foundation to foster improved individual and organizational leadership.
Part 2: Catalyzing Change And Scaling Impact
This will focus on maximizing visibility and scaling the impact of the fellows innovative solutions to the worlds most pressing issues. Peer-to-peer exchanges will provide the opportunity for fellows to learn from each other and encourage collaboration to grow their global reach. A series of technical trainings and online modules will allow fellows to scale their work to make the greatest impact.
Selection, identification of Ambassadors and fellows
Finalize selection process
Online trainings and mentoring
Peer-to-peer learning alongside online trainings, mentoring
2019 AND 2020
Further training from the fellowship program
With the recent adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have marked the beginning of a new era of international development. Gender is a central feature of the SDGs Outcome Document; it is highlighted as a standalone outcome and goal (SDG 5), and is integrated throughout the agreement. Never before has addressing gender inequality been so integral to a global development commitment and central to affecting positive change in communities around the world.
In order to advance gender equality targets, Unilever is joining a holistic coalition of multi-sectoral organizations convened by No Ceilings, Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, focusing on three core issue areas of work to help affect positive social change: 1) Promoting Womens Economic Participation; 2) Addressing Violence Against Girls and Women; and 3) Advancing Womens Leadership in both Private and Public sectors.
As part of this program, Unilever will focus on developing a curriculum that enhances leadership skills. Unilever is interested in any academic partners to support the curriculum that is being developed for the program. This could include either of the following routes: Support in reviewing the quality and effectiveness of the content; or Support by endorsing the curriculum and socializing via other programs and platforms. Aside from this, other support, could come in the form of supplemental funding to further amplify the impact of the fellows' initiatives.
As a partner to Vital Voices in developing this fellowship program, Unilever brand are offering financial resources along with strategic engagement in the development of the curriculum, the branding, marketing, and communications of the partnership.