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Tuwezeshe Fellowship


The TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Movement, is an international program which seeks to empower a generation of African and African Diaspora young women to become effective leaders in the campaign against sexual and gender based violence. The TuWezeshe Fellowship incorporates a bespoke leadership training for African-Diaspora women aged 18-26 who have a keen interest in SGBV advocacy. During this training, participants are engaged in concepts of self-awareness, power theories, and effective project management after which, Fellows are equipped with the skills needed and a grant to implement their own social action project.  TuWezeshe Fellows benefit from a mentoring relationship with a notable African woman-leader with expertise in their chosen field who supports them in the realisation of their individual social action project. From lobbying policy makers, building new networks and working with local communities through to enlisting the creative arts; TuWezeshe understands that the fight for women’s rights is collective and multidisciplinary. This is reflected in the growing network of TuWezeshe Fellows and Mentors both in the UK and in Africa.
 
 
The TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Movement, is an international program which seeks to empower a generation of African and African Diaspora young women to become effective leaders in the campaign against sexual and gender based violence. The TuWezeshe Fellowship incorporates a bespoke leadership training for African-Diaspora women aged 18-26 who have a keen interest in SGBV advocacy. During this training, participants are engaged in concepts of self-awareness, power theories, and effective project management after which, Fellows are equipped with the skills needed and a grant to implement their own social action project.  TuWezeshe Fellows benefit from a mentoring relationship with a notable African woman-leader with expertise in their chosen field who supports them in the realisation of their individual social action project. From lobbying policy makers, building new networks and working with local communities through to enlisting the creative arts; TuWezeshe understands that the fight for women’s rights is collective and multidisciplinary. This is reflected in the growing network of TuWezeshe Fellows and Mentors both in the UK and in Africa.
 
LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM
The Fellowship will commence with an all-inclusive residential leadership training in London from 6th April – 10th April. Participants will study and engage in key concepts which are essential to effective leadership within SGBV advocacy. These will be delivered and facilitated by guest speakers and experienced activists and will include:
  • Introduction to power theories, personal agency and spaces of influence;
  • The art of self-care;
  • Feminist theories;
  • Sexual and reproductive health rights;
  • Effective leadership – communication change strategies and public speaking;
  • Grant and project proposals
  • Risk management and stakeholder maintenance;
  • Monitoring and evaluation within project planning and implementation;
After successfully completing the leadership training, Fellows will be expected to design a social action advocacy project and will receive a grant to pursue and implement their project. Projects should fall within these six areas:
  • Research
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Policy Advocacy and Human Rights
  • Youth and Young Adult Outreach
  • Creative and Performance Arts
  • Communications and Media
Past projects have included: Street Harassment: Nairobi Style– Documentary set in Kenya (UK Fellow), Sisterhood Group – Young Women’s Empowerment Group (Uganda Fellow) and 20 Chapters of Woman – a Photo Exhibition (UK Fellow). Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows will have exclusive opportunities to attend a range of high-profile conferences, facilitate skills sessions and participate in global advocacy campaigns such as the UN’s 16 Days of Activism campaign and the European Development Days in Brussels.
 
I’m conducting a research project exploring the potential need for a Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme for young people in Freetown, Sierra Leone and how such a programme could be designed to fit the specific social context. I have gained confidence in my ability to pose uncomfortable questions in the interests of female empowerment.
"I’m conducting a research project exploring theb potential need for a Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme for young people in Freetown, Sierra Leone and how such a programme could be designed to fit the specific social context. I have gained confidence in my ability to pose uncomfortable questions in the interests of female empowerment." Nki, Tuwezeshe Fellow, 2017
 
MENTORING PROGRAM
Participants will be paired to a mentor who will support and guide them throughout the year-long Fellowship. Fellows and Mentors will be partnered based on interests and experience. Previous TuWezeshe Mentors have come from varying backgrounds and professional experiences including government staff, barristers, NGO professionals, art curators and journalists. The rich network of mentors ensures that TuWezeshe Fellows gain first-hand experience and unique insights into the work currently being done at the forefront of SGBV activism.
 
WHO CAN APPLY?
The TuWezeshe England Fellowship is open to Black British and/or African women living in England aged 18 -26 who have an interest or are currently working in the field of sexual and gender-based rights advocacy. Please refer to the fellow specification.
Completed application forms and equal opportunities forms should be sent to tuwezeshe@forwarduk.org.uk by Sunday 4th March 2018. Please note we do not accept CVs for the TuWezeshe Fellowship. Interviews will be held mid-March and all applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application.
 
IMPORTANT:
Please note that the TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Empowerment Movement is run in partnership with the following organisations: Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), England; Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) Uganda; Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP), Wales, Scotland and Somaliland; The Child Dignity Forum (CDF) Tanzania. You must apply for the fellowship through the organisation implementing in your country. Find out more about Tuwezeshe Akina Dada.

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