MADISON, Wis. (4/18/11)--The Global Women’s Leadership Network, co-founded by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), announced Thursday it awarded 10 scholarships for its 2011 Global Women’s Leadership Forum. Network members and the CCA funded the scholarships to empower and support women credit union leaders worldwide. “The network enhances the development of credit unions around the globe by focusing on women professionals and leaders,” said Jo-Anne Ferguson, CCA senior director of the international development program. She added the network enables “women from rich and poor countries to meet their common commitment--professional development and learning, improved credit unions and personal enrichment.” This year’s scholarship recipients include: Eliane Jose Ferreira, Brazil; Elena Koleda, Belarus; Mercedes Castillo, Philippines; Amilvia Rios Martinez, Colombia; Veronica Muthoni Muchim, Kenya; Edith Concepcion Perez Gauto, Paraguay; Anna Chepotib Renoh, Kenya; Rosa Aminta Perez Guido, Nicaragua; Success Swanzi Mbiliyawaka, Malawi; and Rose Angeyando, Uganda. All scholarship recipients will receive a one-year membership to the network; registration to attend the forum July 24, and registration for the World Credit Union Conference, July 24-27, both in Glasgow, Scotland; and additional funding to help cover travel costs. The Global Women’s Leadership Network formed in 2009 to promote professional and personal development of credit union women around the world through peer-to-peer networking, social media and educational workshops. The network “is dedicated to sharing resources to make a difference in our member's communities,” said Susan Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic Associates, and a network member. “Through scholarships, members who might not be able to attend without financial support are given an opportunity to join us at the forum where we all learn from each other.” After the forum, the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions will host a golf tournament July 28 at The Carrick on Loch Lomond in Scotland to benefit the network. Proceeds will help fund future scholarships and development programs designed to alleviate poverty by empowering women around the world with access to financial services. For more information, use the links.