A fellowship to advance women’s public leadership and the SDGs

In partnership with Freeport-McMoRan

VVEngage is a Vital Voices signature fellowship supporting outstanding women political leaders making and influencing policy across the globe. Through this fully-funded fellowship, we aim to increase the capacity, decision-making power and effectiveness of women leaders in politics and government, shifting culture around women’s public leadership and moving towards equality in public representation globally. We also aim to work towards a more inclusive and equitable world by advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through policy.

Through this fellowship, Vital Voices advances women’s political leadership and the SDGs by conducting online and in-person* trainings with experts such as women leaders from the Vital Voices Global Network and professors from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The fellowship also connects participants to a global network of peers and mentors, such as current and former female heads of state with the Council of Women World Leaders, with whom they can brainstorm and share challenges and best practices.

Building on 20 years of leadership development work conducted by Vital Voices, the customized fellowship curriculum includes 10 months of inspiring and rigorous courses in topics such as Leadership, Strategic Communications, Political Strategy and Governance. Fellows will acquire specific skills to achieve their goals and advance the SDGs in their communities.

*Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in-person trainings are subject to health and travel restrictions

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 cohort of VVEngage.

Application Criteria

The 2022 cohort of VVEngage will consist of women leaders from across the globe who will be selected based on the following criteria.*

All applicants must fall into one of these categories:

  • Appointed or elected government official at the local, state/regional, national, or international level
  • Political party leader or functionary
  • Leader of civil society organization whose primary function involves working directly with government or working to get more women in politics/public life
  • Political Activist
  • Politically-active community leader from marginalized and excluded community that remains on the periphery of political activity in her country
  • Media professional

In addition, all applicants must fit all of the following criteria:

  • A minimum of three years in elected or appointed office, as the key decision-maker for a civil society organization, or in related political leadership work
  • Proficient in English
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the core principles of the “Vital Voices Leadership Model” – Innovative, collaborative, and driven by a clear sense of mission; engaged in her community; committed to working with different political ideologies; committed to advancing the status of women and girls; committed to transparency and good governance
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, high potential for future leadership development
  • Desire to engage with a global network of women in public life
  • At minimum, a basic understanding of the policy-making process in your community

*See application for full criteria

This fellowship is a 10-month commitment that includes virtual trainings and events throughout the year. If health and travel restrictions allow, we will hold one in-person convening. The time commitment is an estimated eight hours per month.

The application must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on March 6, 2022. You can access the application here.

For more information, please contact the Vital Voices Political & Civic Engagement team at VVEngage@VitalVoices.org.



Lina AbiRafeh

Executive Director, The Arab Institute for Women


Samah Bushra Ahmed

Founder and Director, Refugee Access (UK & International) & Access (Sudan)

Sudan/United Kingdom

Rumana Ali

Member of Parliament, Bangladesh Parliament


Rafah Anabtawi

General Director, Kayan Feminist Organization


Clare Bailey

Member of Legislative Assembly, Green Party of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Lili Bosse

Vice Mayor, City of Beverly Hills

United States

Pamela Bravo

Deputy Manager of Environmental Strategy and Climate Change, Municipality of Lima


Hina Parvez Butt

Member of the Provincial Assembly, Provincial Assembly Punjab


Priyanka Chaturvedi

Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha, India Parliament


Aya Chebbi

Former Special Envoy on Youth, African Union


Precious Chinhamo

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe


Martha Lidia Oxi Chuy

Special Projects Director, MAIA Organization


Breea Clark

Mayor, City of Norman

United States

ElsaMarie D’Silva

Founder and CEO, Red Dot Foundation


Imani Duncan-Price

Founder, Imani, Hope & Love Foundation


Abosede George-Ogan

Co-Founder, ElectHER


Gabriela González

Councilor, Municipal Government of Miguel Hidalgo 


Mozn Hassan

Executive Director and Founder, Nazra for Feminist Studies


Paulina Ibarra

Executive Director, Fundación Multitudes and Chair, Civil Society Pillar of the Community of Democracies


Mayyada Abu Jaber

Founder and CEO, JoWomenomics


Vera Yaona Kamtukule

Deputy Minister of Labour, Malawi Government


Olha Konsevych

Editor-in-Chief, 24 Channel


Maria Lantadilla

Councilwoman, Colina Municipality


Nageshwari Lochanprasad

Vice Chairwoman, Regional Democratic Council


Shirin Musa

Director, Femmes for Freedom


Wai Wai Nu

Executive Director, Women's Peace Network


Lilian Riziq

President, South Sudan Women's Empowerment Network

South Sudan

Angelica Rubio

New Mexico State Representative, New Mexico State Legislature

United States

Noelia Ruiz

Deputy, House of Deputies of the Province of Buenos Aires


Veronica Sabbag

Founder & Chair, United Voices 4 Peace


Iulia Scântei

Senator, Senate of Romania


Mazal Shaul



Maya A. Tamayo

Co-Founder and Program Manager, Angat Bayi


Ágnes Vadai

Member of Parliament, Hungarian National Assembly


Elisa Vigil

Advisor, Cabinet of the Mayor of Madrid


Nekpen Osuan Wilson

Co-Founder and CEO, WomenWerk

United States

Fanti Frida Yanti

Human Development and Governance Researcher, Baubau Planning Board


For bios of the 2019-2020 VVEngage Fellows, please click here!

For the bios of the 2018-2019 VVEngage Fellows, please click here!

For more information, please contact VVEngage@vitalvoices.org.

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