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Call for Applications - Young Women's Leadership (Feminism) Course, 2012
Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) and The Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG)

Deadline: 15 June 2012

Course dates: 20-30 August 2012 (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) invites applications to the fourth annual Young Women's Leadership (Feminism) Training Course. The 10-day course will be held from 20 - 30 August in Mutare, Zimbabwe

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of young women in Southern Africa to challenge patriarchy, promote gender equality and enable them to play a more active role in the feminist movement. Participants are introduced to key theories and frameworks of feminism and critically engage in examining their relevance and applicability 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. Modules covered in the course include the following: feminist theory and conceptual frameworks, body politics (sex and sexuality), feminist research, knowledge management, leadership and movement building which will be facilitated by feminist scholars and activists. This is a good forum for young women to network with peers from across the Southern African region and it also offers a safe environment for sharing of and reflecting on life experiences.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered:

1. Must be a young woman of between 18 and 30 years of age
2. Be a citizen of one of the following SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
3. Must have attained or is studying towards a qualification from a recognized tertiary institution
4. Have at least 1 year work experience working in an organization or program related to gender equality or women's rights
5. Currently employed, or working in an area where feminist or gender policy advocacy and lobbying is important
6. Some English proficiency (the course will be delivered in English with French and Portuguese translation services provided)
7. Commitment to participate for the duration of the full course

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.

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