Who and Why FABSA?
In a youth-focused society such as ours, where older persons are marginalized, FABSA envisions a future where every woman fifty and above will enjoy life in all its fullness, taking her rightful place as a leader, a mentor and a continual learner.
FABSA believes in co-leadership between youth and adults, with the former leading from the front and the latter shepherding from the back. It is this duality of leadership that FABSA subscribes to.. FABSA's mission is to connect, educate and supports women fifty and above, and inspire them to use their knowledge and experience for their own benefit and that of their broader communities. Youth brings a special kind of leadership, courage, foolhardiness and innovation untarnished by the rigors of life. On the other hand, adults bring a different kind of leadership, cautious, deliberate, calculating and wise, shaped by experience and the life’s lessons.
It is a cross-pollination of ideas; mentoring and reverse mentoring that will lead us on a path to a common strategy and a realization that we indeed are in this together. Someone described us as the first generation of older persons, who have to teach our children and learn from them at the same time. Youth teach as much as adults do, and they have as much to learn as the adults have. It is within intergenerational conversations that learning occurs.
Dynamic leadership is born when youthful courage meets, the wisdom of old age. It is only when we open our eyes and ears to one another that we will truly see and hear each other's perspectives.