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1- Bellagio Residence Program 2018

Selected on the basis of compelling individual work and significant accomplishments within their field, Dr. Isabella Epiu was among fifty Rockefeller Fellows identified to spend a month at the Bellagio Center focused on addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Once in residence, Fellows focused on issues ranging from improving equitable access to health care, to building the resilience of commercial marine fisheries, to studying the impact of globalization on local culture and tradition.


The Practitioner Residency is for senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, private sector leaders and public advocates with ten or more years of leadership experience in a variety of fields and sectors.

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2- African Union Gender Pre-Summit 2017

In partnership with the African Union, four #MandelaFellows had the opportunity to participate in events leading up to the Heads of State Summit that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January. 

#YALI2016 Fellows Isabella Epiu from Uganda, Ornella Nkosi from DRC, Belisa Rodrigues from South Africa, and Nana Ganda from Nigeria, represented the Fellowship as speakers at the 9th AU Gender Pre-Summit. The AU Gender Pre-Summit brought together young women, gender rights groups, and policymakers for a discussion about the empowerment of youths and women on the continent.

Thank you for representing the Fellowship! We're proud of the work you are doing to empower more women, and youth across the continent! #tbt #womenshistorymonth

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3- WHEMATI 2015

Intensive Course on Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities:


Advocacy and Leadership Training

“Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment: Advocacy and Leadership Training” is an intensive short course at the intersection of women’s health and empowerment. Through the use of inter-disciplinary case studies and exercises participants are taught how to build women’s empowerment and gender norms transformation into health programmes and advocacy activities to maximize their effectiveness.

“The main purpose of the course is to provide participants with core knowledge and skills from several disciplines on how to improve women’s health and well-being globally”, says Dr Paula Tavrow, co-director of the University of California’s Centre of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment.

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