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African young women's festival
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the
Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT)
15 August 2010
Young Women in Southern African to 3 Days of Celebration!
The Open Society Initiative
for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Youth Empowerment and Transformation
Trust (YETT), in collaboration with young women's networks
and formations in Southern Africa, are hosting a Southern African
Young Women's Festival (SAYWF) in Harare from 24 to 28 October
The Festival is designed
to provide space for young women between 18 and 30 years of age,
to come together and share experiences, share strategies and energise
each other and celebrate their youth and the potential they have
to advocate for social justice in their respective communities.
Activities at the festival
will include panel discussions, talent shows, debate contests, inter-generational
dialogue sessions, talk shows, music and film shows and many other
exciting activities. The platform will also make space for structured
training sessions on various key skills including ICTs and life
skills, to equip young women with the practical skills they need
for effective advocacy for women's rights. (please indicate
the training sessions you would like to attend on the form below).
The event is also designed to be a launching platform for the 16
Days national campaigns envisioned to be driven by young women across
the region. OSISA and partners will be funding these campaigns.
The festival is organised
to respond to the dire need for a safe space for young women in
the region to share their own experiences and learn from and encourage
each other to engage in activism that transforms their communities.
Youth-related spaces are often dominated by young men, and young
women hardly have safe spaces and platforms on which to speak about
issues that affect them specifically as young women. Yet with challenges
such as increasing unemployment, HIV and AIDS and rising levels
of poverty, young women are the worst affected. This Festival, which
is envisaged to be a biannual event, will provide that much needed
space for young women to engage on these and other issues.
Young women from Angola,
Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland,
Zambia and Zimbabwe are encouraged to apply to be part of this exciting
event! OSISA and partners will cover the full costs, including travel,
accommodation, subsistence and training for all selected participants.
To qualify, candidates should be between 18 and 30 years, working
in organisations/networks and formations committed to social justice
and especially women's rights. University students who provide
proof of interest in women's rights issues will also be considered.
Selection will be on a first come first served basis!
To apply fill out and
send by email or fax, the Application Form below. Each submitted
form should be accompanied by a motivation letter, expressing why
you should be selected to participate. The letter should not be
more than 1 page.
For more information
on this initiative and the Young Women's Voices: 16 Days Campaigns,
Phone: +27 11 5875000 or +27 836615600 (Tsitsi)
at email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +2634747986 or +263712441032 (Hilda)
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