The JNLC Presidential Lecture Series (PLS) is an annual event that exposes students and the broader community to inspiring ideas, courageous leadership and models of civic engagement and civil discourse. It brings prominent speakers, great leaders and thinkers across a wide variety of disciplines to Makerere University as a premier center of scholarly leadership for thought-provoking conversations. Speakers are chosen for their eloquence as well as the impact of their actions, both within their respective industries and throughout the country and the world. The series is open to students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. The aim of the lecture series is to encourage cross-generational dialogues that mentor present and future leaders for effective and accountable leadership.
This year’s lecture focuses on Women, Pan-Africanism, Community and Servant leadership. This year’s lecture consists of three lecture events starting with the keynote lecture on June 8th 2023, a Fireside (Ekyooto) conversation with the keynote speaker and female student leaders on June 7th and multimedia roundtable conversations on June 6th 2023. The Presidential lecture series for 2023 is presented in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and The School of Woman and Gender Studies, Makerere University
The Keynote Speaker: Her Excellency Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang is a Gambian politician and activist who served as Vice-President of The Gambia, and Minister of Women’s Affairs. Her contributions to The Gambia and women’s rights have been widely recognised and she’s the recipient of several awards including the African Women of Excellence Award and the African Women in Leadership Award. In light of her leadership roles and areas of expertise in both the public and private sectors, the Keynote address by Her Excellency Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang will focus on the crucial role of the youth especially young women in politics, in business, within communities, and as part of the broader social, economic and political Pan-African agenda.
The objective of the 2023 Presidential lecture is to highlight the systemic changes needed for women to become transformative leaders to effectively shape inclusive, equitable societies that humanity needs and deserves.
A Media Blitz Roundtable – One on One with Young Female Leaders on Transformative Leadership – on 6th June 2023 will kick start the three-day Presidential Lecture Series event. Building on the roundtable with local media houses, the objective of the Fireside (Ekyooto) Conversations the next day, 7th June 2023 with Her Excellency Fatoumata Jallow -Tambajang and female student leaders is to focus on tangible and current examples that help answer the questions: How to seize the Moment – Young Women in Leadership? How to go beyond the stereotypes and discriminatory gender norms to Discover Paths to Success? How to nurture and elevate the Voices of the Youth (young Female) as Transformative Leaders? How to use new forms of information and technology to enhance young women’s leadership potential. The Keynote Lecture on 8th June will draw together the threads of the media roundtable conversations and those of the Ekyooto (Fireside conversation) to highlight the systemic changes needed to enhance young women’s transformative leadership potential.
What to Expect
A cross-generational platform to interrogate policy and regulatory barriers to youth and young women’s leadership in particular to provide insights into the new kind of transformative leadership required of women, along with instances of how different countries and communities are working to achieve systemic change in their daily lives, and in every social and economic area.
Expected PLS Knowledge Products
- Key action points for follow up action from the PLS for policy-leading research.
- PLS Highlights that underline areas of mutual interest and connection to bridge the academia – policy divide.
- A Comprehensive PLS Report – of the three-day event.
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Kampala, Uganda. School of Women and Gender Studies. Makerere University