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for Applications - Southern African Young Women's Festival (SAYWF)
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
5 July 2012
17-19 October 2012 (Ezulwini, Swaziland)
background information and the application form
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space of Celebration, meaningful exchange and inspiration!
oppressive systems: Creating transformational alternatives for young
The Open Society
Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Swaziland Young Women's
Network (SYWON), in collaboration with young women's networks
and formations in Southern Africa, are hosting a Southern African
Young Women's Festival (SAYWF) in Ezulwini, Swaziland from
17-19th October 2012 (travelling dates being the 16th and 20th October
SAYWF is a space
created to ignite the collective passion and energies of young women
in fighting the systemic oppression of young women in all aspects
of their lives including the social, political and economic spheres.
is designed to provide space for young women between 18 and 35 years
of age, to come and dream together, share experiences, share strategies,
energise each other and celebrate their youth, diversity and the
potential they have to advocate for social justice in their respective
communities. 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 lives. 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, gender based violence,
young women are the worst affected. This Festival will provide that
much needed space for young women to engage on these and other issues.
the festival will include panels of inspirational speakers, dance,
theatre, political analysis, talk shows, cultural exchange and cultivation
of dreams and many other exciting activities. The platform will
also make space for structured training sessions on various key
skills including Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
and Political Consciousness, to equip young women with the practical
skills they need for effective advocacy for women's rights.
The event is also designed to be a launching platform for the 2013
national young women's campaigns driven by young women across
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
1. To qualify,
candidates should be young women between 18 and 35 years,
2. Applicants should be working in organisations/networks and formations
committed to social justice and especially women's rights.
3. University students who provide proof of interest in women's
rights issues will also be considered.
4. Applicants should be current holders of their respective countries
passports, with at least 3 unused pages at the time of travel to
To apply fill
out and send by email, the Application Form below together with
a 2 page 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 motivation letter should not be more than 1 page.
If you participated
at SAYWF 2010 in Harare and SAYWF 2011 in Lusaka, your motivation
letter should also state how you have used the skills, knowledge
and information gained at these fora in a concrete transformative
The space is
designed to be a safe space for young women of diverse backgrounds
and experiences. To ensure this, all applicants willing to be part
of this space should observe the following ethical principles:
1. Embracing the diversity and achievements of individual young
African women ( i.e. acknowledging diversity in our geographical
locations, differences in class, ethnicity, sexual orientation,
disability/ability, sexual reproductive health rights and choices).
2. Fostering learning and sharing among different generations and
3. Taking the courage and claiming the freedom to imagine creative
4. Being accountable to ourselves, our communities, each other and
the SAYWF space.
5. Celebrating individual and collective resistance to varying forms
of women's oppression.
6. A spirit of solidarity and mutual respect based on frank, honest
and open discussion of difference with each other.
7. The practise of non-violence in any form it may manifest (physical,
emotional, sexual, psychological).
Anyone who for
whatever reason does not commit to these principles defined for
purposes of ensuring that SAYWF is a safe and productive space for
all therefore need not apply.
For more information
on this initiative and the Young Women's Voices campaign,
Phone: +268-24-200434 or +268-76-186601
Phone: +27-11-5875000 or +27-83-6615600
this information and the application form
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