Opportunity: The Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute-East Africa

The Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute –
East Africa
18 – 23 November 2013

Nairobi, Kenya

The fifth Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute is a week-long course designed to strengthen feminist leadership, strategies and collective power for social transformation in Africa. The Institute will combine reflection on the current political landscape as well as past organising strategies for women’s rights in Africa by using a trans-movement-building approach. Looking at diverse movements in Africa and globally, participants will be able to relate some of the experiences and lessons from these movements to their own contexts, countries, and regions.

This Institute will be held in collaboration with Women’s Empowerment Link ( http://www.wel.or.ke).

Course Content
The movement building approach challenges groups to critically assess how they have organised themselves to achieve their social justice goals. In particular it enables participants to explore their political agenda, involvement of constituents and strategies for collective action underpinned by reflection.

Using a movement building lens, the process will allow participants to build their knowledge on the theoretical underpinnings of movement building synthesised from analyses of global movements. Additionally, participants will identify the different intersections, interactions, common spaces and challenges that social movements encounter when collaborating on issues of women’s human rights. From this, they will critically assess pre-existing resources of the women’s movement in Africa and identify and explore concrete strategies to strengthen links between movements to advance women’s human rights more collectively. The Institute will cover the following topics:

Social Movements and Power — Concepts and Theory
Movements, Organisations, and Leadership — Theory and Practice
Current issues and challenges of the women’s movement in Africa
Women in Peace and Conflict Resolution
Women’s Political Participation
Assessing our impact — Approaches and Tools
The Institute will foreground reflection at the personal and institutional levels, which will both enable and challenge participants to strengthen their leadership skills and strategies to effect real change for women’s rights and social justice in Africa.

Participants

To participate you must:

Be a woman between 25 and 45 years of age
Reside or work in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, and Uganda)
Have a minimum of 3 years of experience working on gender issues, women’s rights, development, and/or youth activism (voluntary or employment)
Be able to demonstrate how you will use what you learn at the Institute in your work and how you will continue to participate in follow-up activities
Have a working knowledge of the English language and/or be bilingual if French speaking.

Venue and Dates

The fifth Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, during 18-23 November 2013 (Begins 9 am on 18 November; Ends 4 pm on 23 November).

Travel and Visa

Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute, and obtaining their own visa. CREA will assist with the visa process by providing a letter of invitation and required visa letters.

Costs

Tuition, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the Institute will be covered by the organisers. Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of USD 50. Participants must cover their own travel expenses.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be on twin-sharing basis.

Applications are due on or before 15 September 2013. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from CREA’s website (www.creaworld.org) and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at sluthra@creaworld.org . Send any queries to Ms Luthra as well.

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