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TUWEZESHE FELLOWSHIP ADVERT (Uganda) (LEADERSHIP AND MENTORING PROGRAM 2017-18) ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP The TuWezeshe Fellowship is a bespoke leadership mentoring program for women of African heritage working or hoping to work against sexual and gender based violence. Part of the international TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Empowerment Movement, the one year fellowship offers participants the opportunity to gain core leadership skills, to be mentored by an established woman-leader and to implement their own, funded, project.

As part of our commitment to improving the visibility and profile of young African-women leaders, participants will have the chance to shape sexual and gender-based violence policy, network with other inspiring young women leaders across East Africa and the UK and share their ideas, voices and stories on a range of national and international platforms. Successful applicants must be willing to participate in all aspects of the fellowship and be prepared to commit a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of two-years to the fellowship.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

The leadership training program will take place over five -days from 26th to 30th June 2017, in Uganda Kampala where through workshops and activities, participants will exposed to feminist transformational leadership to cover among others • An introduction to power and patriarchy; personal agency and spaces of influence; • The art of self-care; • An introduction to feminism; • Sexual and reproductive health rights education; • Transformational leadership skills, including movement building, communication change strategies; debating and public speaking; • Effective documentation, including blogs, film, print, social and other forms of media; • Monitoring and evaluation within project planning and implementation; • Risk management and stakeholder maintenance; • Fundraising and budgeting.

MENTORING PROGRAM and PROJECT WORK

Following the leadership program participants will design and pitch an advocacy project which they will then implement over the course of the year. Participants will receive a mentor in one of the six project fields who will support and guide them throughout the process. The fellowship will culminate in an end-of year showcase and awards ceremony. PROJECT AREAS 1. Research, 2. Community Mobilisation, 3. Policy Advocacy and Human Rights, 4. Youth and Young Adult Outreach, 5. Creative and Performance Arts, 6. Communications and Media.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Throughout the fellowship, participants will have the unique opportunity to work at a range of high-profile conferences, to facilitate leadership workshops and to speak on a range of platforms concerning sexual and gender based violence, women’s leadership, and the role that African women and women of African heritage have in shaping the future of policy work, media, research, community development and politics.

APPLYING: The TuWezeshe Fellowship is open to women aged 18-26 who are either working in, or hope to work in the field of sexual and gender based violence advocacy. To apply please fill in the application form, and send it along with your CV to: patience@akinamamawaafrika/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm June 14th 2017.

 

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A section of some of the African women at the 1st Africa Women's Caucus Meeting, 14th March 2016 Church Center
A section of some of the African women at the 1st Africa Women's Caucus Meeting, 14th March 2016, Church Center

Women clad in different outfits, they rush through in and out of UN corridors from one session to another, speeches and presentations are delivered with passion and power, one is torn for choice as different events happen at the same, women and men caucus in small and big groups, while others posture for selfies; this is just but a glimpse of what you ostensibly encounter when you are at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Reflecting on the just concluded 61st CSW one wonders why thousands of women continue annually flock the UN during the Month of March. The CSW held under different priority and review themes, seeks to review progress undertaken by different member states in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including subsequent reviews (Beijing +5 +10+15 +20), as well as emerging issues. And most importantly is the commitment to undertake actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social spheres.

There is more to this flurry, for two weeks (13th -25th March 2017) different interest groups braved the cold and blizzard to influence the outcome document of the 61st CSW held under the Priority theme “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” and review theme “Challenges and Achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls”

Working to influence the outcome document the NGOCSW/Africa an umbrella body led by a Committee to which Akina Mama wa Afrika serves as Communications Secretary mobilized African women to lobby governments on key priorities. The policy recommendations strongly called for the regulation of the private sector, recognition of the link between sexual and reproductive health and rights to women’s economic empowerment, support for the ratification and implementation of ILO conventions specifically the ILO Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Domestic workers Convention, 2011 (No 189), recognition, redistribution and reduction of the burden of unpaid care work, curbing of illicit financial flows were among the list of our priorities as African women. As the two weeks drew to a close, the negotiations kept getting tougher by the day with some governments falling back on some of their very own commitments and positions while others stuck their “guns”, pushing forward issues that are critical for women’s economic empowerment.

While we may not have secured all our asks to the letter, we had some gains that deserved tremendous applause at the adoption of the Agreed Conclusions on the 24th of March 2017. The Commission recognized the need to secure the rights of indigenous women, called for the promotion of a socially responsible and accountable private sector, elimination of all forms of violence and harassment against women of all ages in the world of work in public and private spheres. The outcome further emphasized the need for safe working conditions and equal pay for equal work or work of equal value, a call to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action were among the gains made during this year’s CSW.

Certainly we could have done better with stronger recommendations to address climate change, global economic fiscal and trade architecture, including the establishment of a global tax body, regulation and enforcement of gender just trade agreements. As if that was not bad enough the adoption of the conclusions with reservations from some member states and bodies (United States, Guyana, Yemen and the Holy See) further reinforced the greater challenges ahead in our struggle to liberate women and girls throughout the world.

“It is unfortunate that our governments come to the CSW each year with an agreed position from Addis Ababa, but when they reach in New York there is always a diversion on already agreed priorities…a true demonstration of the divide between capital and the New York Missions,” Ms. Eunice Musiime, Executive Director, Akina Mama wa Afrika

As we celebrate these gains we are reminded of a more uphill task; a call to ensure that we localize the agreed conclusions, and as women’s rights organizations we have a critical role play in ensuring that we hold our governments accountable to these commitments. The 61st Agreed Conclusions should not be shelved away lest we perpetuate gender inequalities and fail our aspirations to save the many Alems of this world that Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director vehemently referred to in her call for us to go out and be our best at the official closure of the CSW.

Compiled by

Irene Kagoya,

Communications & Advocacy Officer,

Akina Mama wa Afrika

On behalf of the entire Akina Mama wa Afrika Team, we would like to express our deepest sorrow and condolence to Dr. Margaret Mungherera’s family and the Ugandan government upon her demise Uganda has indeed lost a Shero, the fi­rst African woman President of the World Medical Association, a founding mother, strong advocate, and visionary leader in the World of Health.

 

We shall always treasure Doctor’s tremendous contribution to securing the rights of women and children in Uganda and beyond. Her foot prints of Hope after rape remain a testament to the power in providing support to survivors of sexual abuse and other forms of gender based violence. Just as she told the world, “We must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist.” We too are challenged to carry forth her legacy as we work to secure a safe world for all.

                                              

                                        “We are never so Lost that Angles Cannot Find Us”