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Call for applications - A training course on feminist leadership, 2011
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

Deadline: 29 April 2011

Course dates: 11-21 July 2011 (Mutare, Zimbabwe)

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Course Overview

The Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) at Africa University, in partnership with the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) is offering the third annual feminism training course for young women between the ages of 18 to 30. The goal of the course is to strengthen the capacity of young women to challenge patriarchy, promote gender equality and enable them to play a more active role in the feminist movement. The course will help young women develop skills and techniques to apply feminist ideologies in developing, engaging with and influencing strategies, policies and programs.

Participants in the course will be introduced to key theories and frameworks of feminism. They will also engage in critically examining the relevance and applicability of these theories and frameworks to their personal and professional lives. By the end of course, participants will be equipped with skills to analyze issues in women's lives and strategically work to address them. Course participants will learn practical strategies in areas that include research, leadership and movement building through modules facilitated by feminist scholars and activists. The course will be delivered using interactive and participatory approaches that facilitate participants to reflect upon their personal life situations and connect them to the broader feminist movement. The two-week course is a wonderful opportunity for young women to network with peers from across the Southern African region. The course also offers a safe environment for sharing different life experiences.

Who should apply to the course?

Young women (aged 18 - 30) who are citizens any of the following countries - Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe - are invited to apply. Young women in special circumstances, e.g. young women with disabilities and young women living with HIV/AIDS, are encouraged to apply. Regretfully, the course does not accommodate male participants and participants from other countries at this time.

Course dates and duration

The course will be offered over a 10-day period in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The training course is hosted by OSISA and the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance at Africa University in Mutare beginning 11 July and ending on 21 July, 2011. Travel dates will be 10 and 22 July respectively. Participants should note that this is an intensive training course with sessions during the day, evening and weekends.

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