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Call for Applications - Southern African Young Women's Festival (SAYWF)
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

Deadline: 3 June 2011

Festival dates: 17-21 October 2011 (Lusaka, Zambia)

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Calling All Young Women in Southern African to 3 Days of Empowerment and Celebration!

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the African Women Millennium Initiative Zambia (AWOMIZ), in collaboration with young women's networks and formations in Southern Africa, are hosting a Southern African Young Women's Festival (SAYWF) in Lusaka, Zambia from 17 to 21 October 2011.

The Festival, organised under the theme "My Rights, My Freedom, My Responsibilities" is designed to provide spacefor 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, dialogue sessions, talk shows, music, film shows and many other exciting activities. The platform will also make space for structured training sessions on various key skills including Knowledge Management (KM) and Political Consciousness and Strategy Planning, 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 2012 national young women's campaigns driven by young women across the region.

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 partner 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, the Application Form together with a 2 paged curriculum vitae (CV). Each submitted form should be accompanied by a motivation letter, expressing why you should be selected to participate in this event. In your motivation letter, kindly state your involvement in advocacy for women's rights and social justice. The letter should not be more than 1 page.

If you participated at SAYWF 2010 your motivation letter should also state how you have contributed to the implementation of your country action plan developed at the 2010 Festival. There will be Awards for the teams that have made the most progress in turning their ideas into actions at national level. For more information on this initiative and the Young Women's Voices campaign, please contact:

Maswabi Matantilo at or Phone: +260 979 371655 or +260 955 745164 and Tsitsi Mukamba at Phone: +27 11 587-5000 or +27 83 661-5600 (Tsitsi)

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