World Federation has had an emphasis on the welfare of the ‘Girl Child’ for many years, and it has become one of World Federation’s major justice issues.
This commitment to the welfare of girl children and young women has found new expression with the introduction of the Helen Kim Memorial Scholarship which offers Leadership Development Training for Young Women.
This Program is named in honour of Helen Kim, a young Korean woman who had a noble, Christ-inspired vision of a world sisterhood. She dreamt of a time when women would work together ‘to promote peace and better conditions in the whole world’. It is also to inspire young women with visions of a world where there is hope for the hopeless; security for the insecure; sufficient for the impoverished; freedom for the oppressed; and a voice for the voiceless.
Criteria for participation in this Scholarship
Two young women from each of the World Federation Areas will be given the opportunity to attend the World Federation World Assembly.
This will be preceded by a Leadership Development Training Program where they will:
- acquire skills from an expert in this field;
- participate in community building amongst young women from all Areas;
- build relationships with members of the Executive Committee and World Federation’s Representatives to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Eligibility for Selection
Helen Kim Memorial Scholars will be:
- aged between 18 and 30 years at the time of the World Federation World Assembly.
- committed members of a Methodist, United or Uniting Church;
- involved in women’s issues and/or church work;
- persons who have shown leadership abilities;
- able to state ways in which they would be able to share their newly acquired skills;
- nominated by a member of their local World Federation Unit;
- endorsed by their minister and Unit President.