TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Movement.

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Application Deadline: Sunday 4th March 2018

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 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


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.


  • 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TuWezeshe England Fellowship

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