Apply now: TuWezeshe University Edition 2022

Apply now: TuWezeshe University Edition 2022

Would you like to inspire and unlock your full potential to champion and lead action to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG)? Apply to join the TuWezeshe Feminist Leadership Programme (University Edition) today!

TuWezeshe Akina Dada, Swahili for ‘empowering our sisters’, is FORWARD’s feminist leadership programme focused on self-confidence and youth activism. Our programme is designed to inspire and equip young Black and minority ethnic (BAME) women to champion action on ending violence against women and girls (VAWG) and promoting equality and human rights.

This six-month fellowship equips fellows with practical feminist leadership skills, and training, networking and mentoring opportunities. TuWezeshe also provides fellows with sub-grants so they can undertake VAWG-focused social action projects, furthering enabling them to enhance their capacities to drive social and political change.

Training structure and details

The programme will deliver five core training modules:

  • Understanding myself, my agency and my power;
  • Unpacking patriarchy and feminism;
  • Understanding human rights and VAWG;
  • Transformative leadership and;
  • Social change activism

The leadership training will take place over four consecutive weekends starting Friday, 2 September 2022. In-person residential training will be conducted from Friday, 2 September 2022 – Sunday, 4 September 2022, and subsequent virtual training will take place on the three following weekends of September.

Who can apply? 

We are welcoming applications from BAME young women who are enrolled in university programmes in the UK, are aged 18-30 years and are passionate about ending VAWG. You must be available to participate in all aspects of the fellowship and commit for 6 months to the fellowship programme.

Completed application forms should be submitted by Monday, 15 August 2022 to [email protected]. Download the application form here. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

About the organisers and funders

The TuWezeshe initiative is led by FORWARD, an African women-led organisation tackling FGM, child marriage and multiple other forms of VAWG. TuWezeshe is delivered in partnership with Home Girls Unite, a support group for first daughters of immigrants to discuss real experiences of childhood in marginalised communities. This training is supported by the MOPAC VAWG Grassroots Fund, Ealing Council, Comic Relief and Dr Martens.

“I’ve never been in a space with such a vibrant sisterhood wanting to create change in society. It was super encouraging to learn from sisters and be inspired by them. This was possible because the facilitators were extremely keen on creating a space for us to use our voices”. TuWezeshe Fellow 2021