What is SNLA?
It is a short, intensive education in the principles of leadership and self-development for young women. It takes place annually during summer vacation in a Nordic country on a rotating basis. Sweden was first country out with SNLA 2017 at Öland, Norway second with SNLA 2018 at Røros, and third was Finland with SNLA 2019 in Rauma. SNLA is based on a model started in the Republic of North Macedonia in cooperation with the Union of Turkish Soroptimists. All sessions are held in English.
Why are we doing this?
Soroptimists have a mission to “Educate to Lead” – to give young women a better chance to develop and to take on leadership roles in society, politics, work and many other aspects of modern life. We believe that this is of vital importance in the constant fight to improve life and human rights for women and girls in the world.
Who can participate in SNLA?
We offer this opportunity to young women living in the Nordic countries – aged between 20-30, who are interested in leadership and want to make a contribution to society. We are hoping to fill up to 50% of the available 20-25 places with young women who have an immigrant background, to further assist the process of integration in the Nordic countries.
What are the benefits of doing this?
During and after the three sessions of the Leadership Academy, we have seen clear development of self-confidence and ability to take the lead demonstrated by the young women who have attended. They have also formed strong network contacts to help support them in the future. In addition, we are spreading the word about Soroptimism in the Nordic countries, and the young women who get to know us are clearly potential future Soroptimists who will keep our organisation moving forward.