Apply to become a Young Women’s Advisory Council member!

Apply to become a Young Women’s Advisory Council member!

FORWARD is excited to be recruiting young women (18 – 30 years) from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to join our Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC). This is a great opportunity to help FORWARD drive the next chapter in our organisation’s strategy. YWAC members ensure that the voices of young women are at the centre of our Youth Programme’s operations and services. We are looking forward to meeting you!


FORWARD is the African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls (VAWG). From female genital mutilation and child marriage to domestic and sexual violence, we tackle abuse and discrimination – enabling African women and girls to have the dignity, health and equality they deserve. YWAC is an integral part of FORWARD’s organisational structure, our Young Women’s Leadership Programme and FORWARD Youth Hub activities.


Working closely with Youth Programme staff, YWAC members take on various important responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:

  • Providing strategic advice and guidance
  • Leading the advocacy and campaign work of Youth Hub activities
  • Representing FORWARD at events
  • Participating in consultations and research on issues affecting young BAME women

What does YWAC represent?

YWAC members are FORWARD ambassadors, leaders and change-makers. Each of us has different skills, experiences, and reasons why we are so passionate about why we want to transform the lives of girls and women. We come together to collectively apply our experiences and make a positive difference in our lives, as well as the lives of the other BAME women and girls we reach.

We are keen to hear from you if you are:

  • From a BAME community living in the UK
  • Passionate about dignity, rights, and equality for women and girls
  • Confident and unapologetic to demand and advocate for your rights
  • A good communicator and team player
  • Open to learning and development
  • Able to volunteer at least one day per month for YWAC activities

What do you get from joining YWAC?

  • Opportunity to pursue your passion and to make a difference to women and girls’ lives
  • Opportunity to advocate against VAWG and other issues that affect BAME women
  • Opportunity to build your leadership, public speaking and project development skills
  • Opportunity for training and personal development
  • Opportunity to co-design programmes, facilitate sessions and deliver youth events
  • Opportunity to connect with other like-minded activists and build sisterhood for life


Please send your CV and a 300-word supporting statement to [email protected].

The deadline to apply is Friday, 22 July. We can’t wait to meet you!