July 12, 2019

Call for Applications: The African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI)

Bridging the Gender Equality Gap for Women in Governance Processes through Feminist Leadership Development

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) with support from UN Women Uganda invites applications from young women leaders for the Young Women in Leadership and Mentorship Programme, a Feminist and Transformational Leadership programme to be held under the auspices of the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI). The AWLI is a space for catalyzing and nurturing feminist and transformational leaders to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment on the African continent and beyond.

The Akina Mama wa Afrika – African Women’s Leadership Institute was birthed in 1997 and is based on a long standing model of POT (Personal Mastery, Organizing Skills and Taking Action), a framework that provides a powerful and holistic feminist grounding for African women to define, analyze and articulate their experiences of inequalities and devise solutions for sustained change.

This specific Feminist and Transformational Leadership programme targets dynamic young women in all their diversities including differently abled women, LBQ women and women affected by HIV/AIDS, interested in strengthening their leadership capabilities, feminist analysis and movement building skills that will enable them to effectively mobilize a critical mass of feminist and transformational leaders to transform power relations between women and men by addressing the root causes of gender inequality.

Applications are therefore invited from women leaders aged between 18-40 based in Uganda, who have exemplified leadership in their organizations, communities and or have stood for elective office. The programme encompasses a mandatory five (5) day residential training and a one-year mentorship to which applicants should be fully committed. Applicants must be enthusiastic about implementing a social action project in their community. The residential training will be held from the 25th – 30th August 2019, in Kampala, Uganda.

Applicants are also required to prepare insightful articles (minimum 600 words) on the theme: Advancing Women’s Rights in Uganda to be submitted at the time of application. Articles can focus on the theme from a personal or organisational stand-point and will be developed for publication afterwards. We are inviting critical analyses and referenced articles; case studies, opinion pieces; poems; vlogs; video stories; photo essays; cartoons; and more.

How to apply: An application form is available at this link.

The deadline for submission of the application is Wednesday 31st July, 2019.

What you learn at the African Women’s Leadership Institute, you never learn at any school – Nyambura Gathumbi


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