We are excited to announce that the applications for our Europe-wide TuWezeshe Akina Dada (Spotlight) Leadership Programme 2021 are now open!
TuWezeshe Akina Dada is led by FORWARD in partnership with UNFPA, Akili Dada (Kenya), Think Young Women (the Gambia) and the End FGM European Network (Europe). The programme provides bespoke leadership and mentoring for young women who are passionate about ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
We are now encouraging applications for our Europe-based programme, which is available for young women from FGM-affected communities based in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain. The fellowship will provide the successful applicants with the opportunity to gain core leadership and research skills, receive training in advocacy and campaigning, and implement their own funded ‘Social Action Project’ in the form of research about FGM. As organisations committed to amplifying the voices, advocacy and talent of diaspora young women, our leadership programme offers participants the chance to influence change to end FGM, learn about sexual-reproductive health, develop project management skills, network with other inspiring young women leaders in Europe, and share ideas, voices, and stories.
The fellowship programme will be co-facilitated in English and French. French speaking young women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Criteria for applicants:
Applicants must be based in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain, be between 18 and 30 years of age, and be willing to participate in all aspects of the fellowship. Applicants must be prepared to commit a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of one year to the fellowship. Applicants should be passionate about working towards ending FGM and be prepared to work in small groups to implement a funded ‘Social Action Project’ focused on FGM research. Trainings will take place online, Friday evenings and Saturdays and will not be too time demanding on participants; workers and students are highly encouraged to apply.
Completed application forms and CVs should be submitted by 23.59 CEST on 29th August 2021. UK-based applicants should submit their applications to [email protected]. Applicants based in France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain should submit their applications to Isma Benboulerbah at [email protected]