TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Movement is a three year women and girls’ rights project funded by Comic Relief’s Common Ground Initiative. Operating between July 2016-March 2019, the Project will be implemented in five countries; the United Kingdom (including England, Wales and Scotland), Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somaliland. The Project will be facilitated by a consortium of four organizations namely Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) and Young Women Leaders Institute (YWLI).
Our aim is to improve the rights and amplify the actions of East African girls and young women in their fight against all forms of gender based violence. Our vision is to raise up a new generation of young women leaders who are capable activists and advocates claiming their rights and freedoms. So, how are we doing this?
1~ MENTORING and LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
Through mentoring and leadership development programs we seek to grow the capacity of young women to be change-makers in their communities and nations.
2 ~ HARNESSING THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA
We understand the power of social media as a means of networking, idea sharing and even revolution in this globalized-day and age. We understand that gender based violence has no concept of national boundary lines, so neither do our actions to dismantle it. Through social media and social communication platforms, we seek to engage participants from all over the world to meet fellow advocates, share ideas, articulate themselves and discover the power of female solidarity as a means of sustainably and effectively transforming communities and cultures.
We also know how important it is to NOT have a single story of African women, either on the continent or in the diaspora, so we want to put our voices front and center as we work with and for ourselves to attain our rights and freedoms.
3~ UTILIZING ALL SIX REGIONS OF AFRICA
We believe that the empowerment of African women and girls will be an intersectional process, so our approach is intersectional, both in terms of activities and participants. Although Africa is often conceived of as five regions (North, South, East, West and Central Africa) we recognise the existence and potential of our sisters in the diaspora, and the ways in which they too are affected by gender based violence as diaspora African women and girls. As such our project seeks to strengthen the links between young women on the continent and in the diaspora, as well as improving their visibility, profile and leadership potential. The project will also work across generational and urban/rural divides so we can really and truly ‘empower our sisters’ as we claim our rights and freedoms.
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We look forward to walking this journey with you.