Last week, Barnard hosted the inaugural Baraza: Young African Women’s Leadership Initiative, a two-day conference that brought together African college students from New York, and as far away as North Carolina and Georgia. Organized by Barnard students, the event aimed to connect these students with exceptional women leaders from around Africa. The event provided a forum for brainstorming ideas for entrepreneurial projects aimed at improving education, the environment, and women’s health, as well as increasing the participation of young women in business and politics throughout Africa.
Prior to the event, student organizers Clare Korir ’12 and Shilpa Guha ’12 answered a few questions about the Baraza, which is Swahili for “meeting.” An economics and history major, Clare is from Kenya. Last spring, she served as a student fellow at Barnard’s third annual global symposium, “Women Changing Africa.” Shilpa is a political science and human rights major, and in March she will attend this year’s global symposium, “Women Changing India,” as a student fellow.