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We’re excited to share two new opportunities for our Africa network. Many thanks to the Resource-Net and The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).


The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Robert F. Kennedy believed that each individual holds the power to invoke change, that a single voice has the ability to declare an iniquity, and that each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. In the spirit of Robert Kennedy’s ideals, The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 to honor these courageous and innovative individuals striving for social justice throughout the world. The recipients are chosen through an extensive annual selection process. Every year from January until February, the public is invited to nominate creative and courageous non-governmental human rights defenders and organizations. Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2011.

A panel of five independent judges then selects the honoree. The recipients are awarded based on their dedication and accomplishments towards social justice and their non-violent and creative tactics used to achieve their goals.

Click here to learn more about our eligibility criteria and selection process before completing the nomination form below.

The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2011. To nominate a human rights defender for the award, follow the steps below.

1. Click here to download the nomination form (Microsoft Word format).
2. Fill out the form, answering all questions with as much detail as possible.
3. Submit the form using the upload tool below.

For further information, please click here.


Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership Fellows Program

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2011 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program. The MILEAD Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them tackle issues affecting women in their communities and society as a whole. Applications are welcome from young African women living in Africa and the Diaspora. Deadline for applications: March 30, 2011.

MILEAD fellowship awards will be made to 25 young women with exceptional qualities who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the one-year program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD including a three-week residential Summer Institute in August; and commit to a community leadership service project. Applicant must be between 19 – 25 years of age. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application package.

Please note that this is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3-week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activities.

The deadline for completed MILEAD Fellows applications to be submitted for review is March 30, 2011.

For further information and to apply, please click here.