World’s Rugby governing body, the World Rugby has celebrated International Women’s Day by reconfirming its commitment and investment into the acceleration of women in leadership positions in rugby through its transformational World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme, with 12 new recipients identified across the globe for 2021.
Aligned to the International Women’s Day theme of 2021, World Rugby has invested £490,000 in the Executive Leadership Scholarships since the programme’s inception in 2018, with successful candidates receiving a £10,000 grant to support professional development. In addition, recipients benefit from informal mentoring and are connected with inspirational leaders, both male and female, from the wider global rugby family.
Speaking on International Women’s Day, World Rugby Chair Sir Bill Beaumont today said on International Women’s Day 2021 they are proud to be announcing 12 new recipients of the transformational Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme.
“We are fully committed to advancing women in leadership positions in rugby, and this is a key initiative that will have a significant impact on the future growth of our sport.
Our 2021 recipients will follow in the impactful strides of the programme’s alumni, who have progressed to achieve great things as leaders in our sport. I would like to congratulate all of our Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients for 2021,”he said.
Among the 2021 World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients include Abigail Mnikwa a Zimbabwe Rugby Union board member as well as Chair of Zimbabwe Women’s Rugby Committee.
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