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Call for Applications: 2013 national level young women’s leadership (feminism) course
Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) and Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA)

Application Deadline: 19 July 2013

Course Dates: 18-28 August 2013

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Course Overview

The Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT), in partnership with the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) invite applications to the first ever national level Young Women’s Leadership (Feminism) Training Course. The 10 days long course will be held from the 18th - 28th of August 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The course aims 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. 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 analyse 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, movement building and self-mastery which will be facilitated by feminist scholars and activists. This is a good forum for young women to network with peers from across the country 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. Must have attained a basic tertiary education in order to grasp the concepts in the modules.
3 Must be involved or interested in any women’s rights work or social justice issues from all sectors of the society
4. Some English proficiency (the course will be delivered in English);
5. 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 and AIDS and nursing young mothers are encouraged to apply. Regretfully, the course does not accommodate male participants at this time.

Course dates and duration

The ten day long course will be offered in Harare, Zimbabwe and the training course is hosted by YETT and OSISA beginning 18th - 28th of August 2013. Travel dates will be 18 August and 28 August 2013 respectively. Participants should note that this is an intensive training course with sessions during the day, evening and weekends.

Certificate of completion

Participants who successfully complete the course and fulfil the requirements which include attendance and active participation will receive a certificate of completion from YETT and OSISA.

Cost and sponsorship

YETT will be fully sponsoring this training course. Sponsorship will cover tuition, course materials, transport, accommodation, teas, lunches and dinners during the course. Participants are however, advised to take out personal and health insurance as the organisers cannot take liabilities in this regard. Please also note that YETT does not pay people for attending its trainings.

Application procedures

Young women who wish to apply for the training course are required to submit the following:

1. A motivation statement which should be no more than two pages (single-spaced) addressing the following:

a. Why are you interested in feminism?
b. What unique life experience(s) do you bring to the course?
c. How do you expect the course to contribute to your life and work?

2. Completed application form

3. Commitment form completed by employer that is if one is formally employed.

Please submit the completed application form, motivation letter and endorsement letter electronically to feminismcourse2013@gmail.com

If you have any questions or would like more information about the course, feel free to contact Doreen Kamwendo on doreenk@yet.org.zw / +263 4 496889 / +263 776 004 441.

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