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Opportunity : African Movement for Democracy (AMD) Fellowship for Emerging Young Women Leaders in Africa

The African Movement for Democracy (AMD) Fellowship for Emerging Young Women Leaders in Africa supports young female activists and organizers aspiring to run for political office in their countries by facilitating access to capacity building and mentoring opportunities in four principal training hubs: Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. The fellowship aims to enrich understanding of youth-led approaches to change while connecting participants to accomplished female mentors and resources.

Fellows will typically spend 4 days of training in any of the aforementioned training hubs acquiring skills and connecting with key leaders locally. Participation in the program affords emerging young female political aspirants an unparalleled opportunity to build networks and deepen understanding of the working of the political process. This is also an opportunity where they can leverage intergenerational knowledge and experiences, and identify pathways for transition into political leadership.

Equal opportunity for leadership does not imply that women should be handed roles they are unqualified for, but rather presents the need for an equal playing field in leadership opportunities. The stereotypes of being both young and female reinforce patriarchal misconceptions that narrowly paint women as abject, nurturers, emotional, and bearers of culture; and youth as being uninformed and inexperienced, thus, deeming public and political spaces inappropriate and unfitting for young women to traverse. Given this reality, in a context where advancing women’s political participation is crucial for delivering on the SDGs, our core conviction is that training young women in political participation at an early juncture in their careers will serve as a catalyst for ensuring women’s full and effective political engagement and equal opportunities for leadership.

Between February and June, 2018, the AMD will support 4 emerging young women political leaders by covering the cost (including round trip tickets and lodging) of participating at any of the four aforementioned training hubs. Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, socio-economic status or disability. The Emerging Young Women Leaders Fellowship is open to young African women leaders who meet the following criteria:

– Are under the age of 35;

– Are  proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English or French;

– Demonstrate knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the area of democracy;

– Have a proven record of leadership and accomplishment in democratic/political activism at the local, national, or regional level;

-Be ready to take advantage of the resources and networks which the program offers;

-Present a (tentative) strategy and roadmap for political engagement;

– Submit two recommendation letters

The deadline for application is January 21, 2018.

The AMD reserves the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

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23 thoughts on “Opportunity : African Movement for Democracy (AMD) Fellowship for Emerging Young Women Leaders in Africa

    1. I am indeed impress with this iniative that is building political skills into women . I am Interested an I think is a very good iniative that helps to promote an develop the necessary skills that women needed to improve in politics in their national s

  1. I have an interest for politics, and contacting for member state house of assembly, in my area which is kaura north zamfara state Nigeria.

  2. This kind of platform should also give room for women like me who are interested in contributing their own quota to the society , but are yet to find a ground to do so. E.G. I don’t have any record documented to prove areas of leadership, but I know that in many ways I have and will still continue to portray good leadership in all spheres of life. Please, kindly look into giving this same opportunity to such women like me. Thank you

  3. Hello! I’d like to ask how frequently this opportunity comes up. I’m currently an NYSC corp member and I am constrained by it from being a beneficiary of this. However, I am very interested and I’d like to know if this could also happen later this year or next year when I’ll be done with my service year

  4. This has come in a good time .A new dawn for woman to charge up with virtue for rescueing our nations going down the drains.

  5. Thanks so much for this offer.its very good for us african women. I am a sierra Leonean, and part of the electioneering process in my country. an aspirant for the local council elections.{chairperson for my district council) I aspired for this positionbut unfortunately denied the symbol. im so anxtious to be part of this trainimg,but unfortunately im over 35 years.

  6. I think I should be a part of this movement since I’m currently a strong campaigner for human and people’s rights especially women’s rights.

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  8. I really appreciate this gesture and will want to suggest/appeal if the age bracket can be stretched up, i am 42 and that the platform should also give room for women like me who are interested in contributing their own quota to the society , but are yet to find a ground to do so. for example I don’t have any record documented to prove areas of leadership, but I know that in many ways I have and will still continue to portray good leadership in all areas of life. Please, kindly look into giving this same opportunity to such women like me. Pls I am waiting for your favourable response.

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