From Dr Sylvia Awor, Gulu University:
Dear HERS Leadership,
I would like to send to you my sincere appreciation for the leadership training and mentorship you provided me together with a group of other women in Kampala last year. It helped me to step out of my shell.
I am a PhD student at the Department of obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, college of Health sciences, Makerere University. I
have never tried elective politics. I had only held leadership positions where I am appointed or in an acting capacity.
In July 2017 while attending a PhD cross-cutting course at Makerere University, an opportunity came up to elect the leadership of PhD fellows at Makerere University (pf@mak). I stood for the post of vice president and was given the votes. Unfortunately, a month later the President stood down due to personal reasons. I again contested for the post of president Pf@mak and won.
Much as the task of the office of the president of pf@mak seemed impossible from afar, I discovered it is manageable, enjoyable and satisfying after performing it for a few months. Thanks to HERS for giving me the initial impetus to go for this leadership position.
I feel more self-confident and assertive than I have ever been. I hope to do bigger and better things in future, and perhaps contest for bigger offices in the future, for God and my Country.