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WYDE Civic Engagement

Network of Young Decision-makers

Part of Women and Youth in Democracy Initiative

Jokate Urban Mwegelo

General Secretary of the Women's Union (CCM)

Active Network Member

From: Tanzania

Active since: 2023

Jokate Mweglo is the first Beauty Queen Presidential Appointee in the History of Tanzania. A Young Woman Politician, she has served as a District Commisioner (DC), since 2018 for the Districts of Kisarawe, Pwani; Temeke, Dar Es Salaam; and currently Korogwe.

Jokate is a Political Scientist by profession, holding Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) in Political Science and Philosophy, and has a professional interest in International Cooperation and Development. Jokate pioneers Innovative Partnership Development Leadership to address challenges in Education, Health, Food Security, and Economic Empowerment through Social Enterprise Building among Youths, Girls and Women.

Jokate’s Approach to Political Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development Advocacy has brought her African and International recognitions, such as Leadership Excellence in Public Service and Community Development Award, by Pan African Leadership and Development Center, Turkey, 2021; East African Community (EAC) Women Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting a Gender Equal Society in East Africa, 2022; Among Top 50 Most Influential African Women, Africa by Avance Media Ghana, three times since 2019.

Early on, Jokate chartered her career as a Volunteer in Development Advocacy through the United Nations Association and UNESCO. Later she ventured into Fashion Enterpreneurship, becoming a Top Fashion Socialite and Enterpreneur recognised internationally by Africa Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2017.

Later Jokate partnered with Stakeholders such as the WORLD BANK, UNESCO, FEMINA, TGNP, MARIE STOPES and Foreign Embassies on Development Advocacy. Jokate pioneered a Collaborative Partnership Political Leadership approach influencing Development Stakeholders and Corporates to advance Sustainable Development interests in the Kisarawe District. She attracted various Development Partners such as the World Bank, Local Banks, Embassies, Development Organizations and Companies in various Development Campaigns and Programs across Kisarawe.

Jokate pioneered a successful Award Winning Education Development campaign, ‘Tokomeza Zero’, which raised $500,000USD to build a 460 Girls Only Boarding School, ‘Jokate Mwegelo Secondary School’ and run District initiatives to a performance by 75%, eliminating 50% of National Exams Zero.

As President Samia Suluhu’s newly appointed DC for Korogwe, Jokate is currently building efforts to merge Social Influence with Partnerships from Corporates, Development Partners and Governant for Korogwe District. She aspires to build and lay out Infrastructures, Facilities and Programs to drive and advance Economic Development and Food Security through Climate Based Irrigation Agriculture, Trade and Commerce, Technology Innovations and Skills Development Infrastructure to advance a new generation of young leaders in Digital Technologies.

Jokate envisions a Pan African Sustainable Development Philosophy built through Collaborative Partnership Efforts organised and managed by Young Leaders across Africa. She approaches African Development challenges as opportunities for Young Men and Women to innovate, and create productive influence among various African and International Interests in such a way, practical solutions and designed, financed, developed and advanced to benefit African Populations against ills such as Poverty, Illiteracy and Diseases.

Jokate Urban Mwegelo Related Activities

From 11/12/2023 to 11/14/2023

Policy Lab Network of Young Decision-Makers 2023- 12 November | “Youth Rethinking Social Development for People and Planet”

The Network of Young Decision-Makers will contribute to the discussions of Club de Madrid’s Annual Policy Dialogue 2023

Date: 06/15/2023

First meeting of the Network of Young Decision-makers

WYDE Civic Engagement Network of Young Decision-Makers brings together a group of exceptional young leaders under 36 years old who are active in politics and in decision-making bodies and who have already reached positions of influence from which they can advocate for greater youth political participation.