Janet Kallon, a remarkable individual from Sierra Leone, is making significant strides in the fields of accountancy, advocacy, and volunteer work. As one of the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders fellows, she brings with her more than 10 years of experience and a passion for creating positive change in her community.
Currently serving as a monitoring officer at the Irish League of Credit Union Foundation Limited, Janet plays a crucial role in providing quality internal audit functions and monitoring the performance of credit unions in Sierra Leone. Her dedication and expertise ensure that these financial institutions operate efficiently and effectively, ultimately benefiting the local community.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Janet is deeply committed to advocating for the rights and development of girls, women, and youth. Her journey as an activist began at Tumac radio, where she served as a girl right activist.
In 2014, she joined the Patriotic Advocacy Network in Sierra Leone, a non-governmental organization focused on instilling patriotism in the minds of young and active Sierra Leoneans. Janet’s involvement in this organization demonstrates her commitment to nurturing a sense of national pride and unity among her fellow citizens.
Furthermore, Janet serves as the chair of the Board of Directors for PAN-SL. Under her watch in PAN SL, She is the supervisor for the Educate a Child to Save a Nation campaign. Through this initiative, she strives to provide access to education for underprivileged children, recognizing that education is a powerful tool for personal and societal transformation. Additionally, as the project lead for Public Speaking for Girls, Janet empowers young girls to find their voices and become confident communicators.
Janet’s academic achievements are equally impressive, holding a master’s degree in Auditing from Nanjing Audit University in China. Her educational background has equipped her with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in her field and make a lasting impact on society.
Looking ahead, Janet has ambitious plans to continue designing and implementing projects and campaigns that address the needs of youth in Sierra Leone. Additionally, she aims to launch the For Girls-by-Girls Foundation under the umbrella of the Patriotic Advocacy Network. This initiative will be run by women and girls that will focus on tackling the issues that affect them most. Through this foundation, Janet envisions creating a supportive network and providing resources for girls to thrive and reach their full potential.
Janet Kallon’s journey exemplifies the power of passion, dedication, and a desire to make a difference. Her work in accountancy, advocacy, and volunteerism showcases her multifaceted talents and her unwavering commitment to uplifting her community. As a Mandela Washington Fellow, Janet is poised to continue her impactful work and inspire others to join her in creating a brighter future for Sierra Leone and beyond.