These words attributed to Marian Wright Edelman illustrate the very foundation of IPBF's mentoring program. Given the discouraging contexts in which young women and girls evolve, representation is of central importance in our work. Indeed, it is essential for us to make visible women success stories that exist in our different countries in order to inspire and motivate young women and girls to reach their full potential.
Therefore, the objective of the mentoring program is to foster exchange between young women and girls and women leaders in francophone West Africa so as to promote a system of intergenerational sharing between women and girls at different levels. This networking would also facilitate the integration of young women and girls into the professional field. We are aware of the impact that being able to identify with women leaders has on the development of girls’ self-confidence and leadership. Our hope is that this will help them project themselves into the future and participate fully in their own development and in the development of society.