Our Tuwezeshe Akina Dada Fellowship Programme, Swahili for ‘empowering our sisters’, is a feminist leadership programme that inspires young black and minority ethnic (BAME) women to enhance their capacity to shape decisions about their rights and freedoms and champion action to end violence against women and girls. The upcoming programme will take place online across a period of three weeks to provide bespoke feminist leadership mentoring to young BAME women.
This programme will provide networking and mentoring opportunities, practical feminist leadership skills and sub-grants to enable selected candidates to undertake social action projects.
Feminist Leadership Training
The fellowship will commence with a three-day leadership training taking place over three weekends in February. You will engage with key concepts essential to leadership on women’s rights including human rights, gender equality, violence against women and girls, and feminist leadership principles. The training covers five core modules:
- Understanding myself, my agency and my power;
- Understanding patriarchy and feminism;
- Understanding human rights and violence against women and girls;
- Understanding transformative leadership; and
- Understanding social change and activism.
Social Action Project
Fellows will receive a small grant to pursue and implement a social action project. Projects should fall under the overall theme of ‘ending violence against women and girls’. They can be in the form of:
- Community mobilisation
- Policy advocacy and human rights
- Youth outreach
- Creative and performance arts
- Communications and media
Participants will be paired with a female mentor who will support and guide them throughout the fellowship. Fellows and mentors will be partners based on interests and experience. Previous TuWezeshe mentors have come from varying backgrounds and professional experiences, including NGOs, the civil service, the legal profession, art curation, the media industry and many others. This rich network of mentors ensures that our fellows gain first-hand experience and unique insights into the work currently being done at the forefront of activism to end violence against women and girls.
The training will take place over three weekends in February 2022 and will start on Saturday, 5 February 2022.
Who can apply?
The programme is open to young BAME women living in London aged 18 – 30 years who are passionate about ending violence against women and girls and committed to working with others to amplify change at the local and national levels.
How to apply?
If you are interested in this programme, please complete this application form and send it to [email protected] by Friday, 28 January 2022. Please note we do not accept CVs.
The TuWezeshe Akina Dada Fellowship Programme is led by FORWARD in partnership with Home Girls Unite. This project is funded by MOPAC VAWG Fund and Act for Change. Read more on TuWezeshe Akina Dada here.