This particular call is for Sub-Saharan Africa only.

What is WOSSO?

Women of the South Speak Out, is a consortium formed by two prominent Southern Women’s Rights Organisations (WROs) –Gender Links ,  Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and a renowned UK-based development firm, MannionDaniels. The consortium members were brought together by shared feminist values and a deep concern regarding the narrowing civic space, particularly for women and girls. Together, for five years from 2023 to 2027, the consortium will work to ensure the voices of women and girls from the Global South, in all their diversity, inform the decisions and policies that affect our lives. WOSSO will offer fellowships to women’s rights advocates from the Global South (Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LATAC), Asia and the Pacific). However, this call is specific to the Sub-Saharan African Region.

Objectives of the Fellowships

Fellows will participate in activities as outlined in their advocacy plans, creating linkages from local to regional levels. An advocacy plan is a strategic document that outlines specific goals, objectives and actions to advocate for a particular cause or issue. It typically includes a description of the issues being addressed, target audiences, desired outcomes, strategies to achieve these outcomes, and a timeline of implementation. The fellowships will aim to equip advocates with the necessary skills, knowledge, and capacity to engage in effective advocacy for gender equality.

The Fellowship package

The fellowship includes a grant ranging from GBP 1000 to GBP 2000 paid in tranches against the advocacy plan and agreed milestones, as well as participation in at least one regional conference. Successful applicants will be required to submit a workplan and a budget for their advocacy plan. Participation in global conferences is subject to the nature of the advocacy initiative, logistics and other considerations. Fellows will be expected to participate in general onboarding for the programme; briefing and debriefing on events they participate in; and to contribute to peer linking and learning. Fellows will have the option of being involved in research being undertaken by WOSSO as part of their learning. It is hoped that Fellows will remain in the WOSSO network, after the completion of their fellowships, and be willing to mentor Fellows that come after them. 

Who is eligible?

WOSSO Fellows will be drawn from civil society organisations or networks that focus on women’s rights or have a demonstrated commitment to women’s rights. The fellowship is open to young women advocates between the ages of 18 and 35 from Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Duration of Fellowship

The fellowship will run for approximately 18 months – April 2024 to September 2025

Application deadline

All applications should be received by midnight 10 May 2024 South Africa Standard Time (SAST) or GMT+02:00

Where to apply

To apply, click on the link below and you will be taken to the application portal where you will select the Africa – Application Form. You will be able to save your progress and return to the portal to submit your application.

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