June 29, 2020

Call for Applications: AMwA Feminist and Transformational Leadership Fellowship 2020

Application deadline: Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Are you a young woman catalyzing change and transforming your organisation or community? Are you aspiring or inspired to become a feminist and transformational leader who exudes confidence, assertiveness, creativity, critical thinking, sisterhood and solidarity? Do you want to engage in radical inter-sectional feminist analysis, occupy spaces, speak truth to power and grow in influence? 

Well, look no further! Akina Mama wa Afrika through her flagship programme the African Women’s Leadership Institute with support from UN Women Uganda, has created this space for you and other like-minded young women to learn, unlearn, relearn and collectively envision a feminist future in a one-year Feminist and Transformational Leadership fellowship. 

About the African Women’s Leadership Institute

Since 1997, the African Women’s Leadership Institute has equipped over 6,000 alumnae to individually and collectively challenge sexism, discrimination, marginalization, and oppression and contribute to a better world for women and girls. The AWLI is guided by a history of international commitments to women’s representation namely the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women which upholds women’s right to participate in public life and the Beijing Platform for Action calls for removing barriers to equal participation. 

Why should you be part of this Institute?

Get inspiration from our alumnae’s stories here.


The first phase of the fellowship will require approximately 4-6 hours per week for six (6) weeks for an online training with blended methodologies that will include live sessions, self-paced learning, and peer to peer group sessions. Thereafter, alumnae will be required to apply the newly acquired knowledge and skills through the implementation of a social action plan, get connected to mentors, coaches and engage in local and national advocacy.  

Technical Requirements

This first phase of the training will be offered digitally (via your computer, tablet or smartphone) from 27th July- 4th September 2020. You will need a device that allows you to watch videos and has the ability to upload assignments. You will also need a way to join video calls with sound, such as a webcam or smartphone.

Who are we targeting?

The program will be awarded to 25 young Ugandan women between the ages of 25-35 years who demonstrate active engagement in civic processes, or a track record of leadership in institutions of higher learning and have stood for or interested in elective office. We encourage applications from ALL backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, origin, and religion. 

The online training will cover the following modules. 

Personal development

  • Know yourself 
  • Be yourself 
  • Take care of yourself 
  • Goal Setting 

Feminist theory

  • Understanding feminism
  • Understanding power and Patriarchy 
  • An introduction to Women’s Rights 
  • The Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists

Feminist leadership

  • Feminist Leadership 
  • Transformational leadership
  • Leading social transformation.

Organizing Skills and Taking Action

  • Feminist advocacy and Movement Building 
  • Support Networks 
  • Personal and Collective Action Plans

Cross cutting moments: Journaling, Yoga, Dance Movement therapy, etc 

Our Faculty 

The AWLI is delivered by renowned regional and international development practitioners, academics and activists. The Institute will be conducted in English. 

More information  

Thanks to the generous donations from our partners, we will be offering this fellowship for free and upon completion, learners will have the opportunity to transfer their skills within their spheres of influence and pay it forward. 

How to Apply: 

An application form is available at this link. 

If you experience difficulty with the online submission, download the AWLI Offline Application Form here and email the completed form to [email protected]

Please send the completed application form, together with the following:

  • A one-page statement summarizing your goals and aspirations as a leader.
  • An 800-1200 word article on The Role of Feminist Transformational Leadership in Enhancing Women’s Participation in Leadership.
  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
  • One passport size photograph.

Application deadline: Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Any applications received after this date will not be considered. Successful participants will be notified at least one week prior to the training program. We particularly encourage applications from women from diverse backgrounds (in terms of ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, origin, religion, etc)

Do it now! Apply here to join the African Women’s Leadership Institute. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Contact Person: Chipo Bangira Email: [email protected] or Patricia Humura +256787573894. 

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