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First ‘Women Power’ School is held in Minsk

First ‘Women Power’ School is held in Minsk

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16 local women leaders, who will be future candidates at the election campaign and activists, have successfully completed the course.

The ‘Women Power’ School began in mid-August. According to the organizers, this is a unique opportunity to improve women’s skills and enhance their professional competence, develop leadership skills, become more efficient, confident, convincing, successful, and eventually implement their ambitious plans for the benefit of Belarus.

“The School was designed to help women and girls to take higher, leading positions both in the Belarusian society and within their own organizations and initiatives. It is very pleasing to witness the embodiment of important ideas, which benefits and makes happy everyone, including the participants, coaches, and organizers,” said Valiarina Kustava, the author and founder of the ‘Women Power’ Leadership School.

According to her, the training was highly efficient. “The high-profile team of coaches made our work productive and useful for the participants. The school graduates will soon use the gained knowledge and skills in practice for the benefit of local initiatives and the headquarters of MP candidates,” said Kustava.

School students have improved their communication skills with Lana and Vitaut Rudniks, and their speech and the skill of working with audience with Aliaksey Burnasek. They worked with Aksana Zaretskaya on their ability to comply with the dress code and basic protocol, and with singer Rusia on managing their voice. In addition, gender expert Irina Salamatsina made a speech before them.

“The participants included MFF members in the first place, the brightest female students of the traditional MFF Summer Schools for young people, and ambitious person who care about the fate of Belarus,” said the author of the course.

She stressed that the composition of the participants was extremely diverse, which is good news — “from the talented graduate of the Summer School Nasta Bikouskaya to respectable ‘veterans’ of the Belarusian national movement.”

“Now, we are waiting for the practical results of our colleagues; I’m convinced it won’t take long,” said Kustava.

“The ‘Women Power’ School was a charge of inspiration and a chance to refine oneself. A variety of non-standard topics allowed looking at oneself from the outside, and getting individual advice on seemingly non-obvious topics such as one’s voice during speeches, suitable clothes, and the manner of working in a team, which satisfies everyone. Most importantly, all of this was worked out in practice,” said project coordinator Viktoriya Tabolich.

She thanked the students who took part in charity projects during the School and expressed hope to hold similar meetings in the future.

“I really liked it! Such classes are useful for all women, especially for public figures. We learned about the correct style of conversation, personal image, and the dress code, with all of this taking place in a pleasant atmosphere,” said MFF activist from Orsha Alena Kuchinskaya.

According to her, she intends to run for parliament and will apply the newly obtained knowledge during the election campaign.

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