Call for Mentors Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) : Mentor the Next Generation of African Feminist Leaders

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is actively searching for African feminists who are willing to share their invaluable leadership experiences to inspire and guide young, dynamic women.

These mentors will play a vital role in advancing our mission of shaping a feminist future, particularly within the context of global climate and economic justice conversations. The Mentorship Programme will facilitate the personal and professional growth of our alumni while fostering a community of empowered young women actively driving social change and transforming their communities.

About Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

AMwA has for over 27 years been at the forefront of nurturing feminist and transformational leadership among young women through its flagship program, the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI). This program offers a holistic exploration of society and delves into the complex interplay of power dynamics and systems of oppression, seeking to unveil new possibilities as these intricacies unfold. Ultimately, this fellowship serves as a catalyst for envisioning alternative futures deeply rooted in African histories, cultures, and perspectives.

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) stands as a distinguished Pan-African organization at the
forefront of feminist leadership development. Our operational headquarters are centrally located
in Kampala, Uganda. Our unwavering commitment is firmly anchored in the tenets of feminist
principles and ideals, delineated within the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists.
This charter serves as the bedrock upon which our multifaceted leadership development
programs and transformative endeavors are founded.

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Our overarching vision is one that aspires to witness African women attaining a state of complete
political, economic, and social autonomy, while simultaneously assuming the mantle of change
agents in their personal lives and the broader society. We maintain a keen focus on
three thematic areas: Women’s Political Leadership, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,
and Economic Justice and Climate Action. AMwA advances its mission through the promotion
of feminist and transformative leadership development, the facilitation of feminist research and
knowledge generation, and active engagement in policy advocacy and movement building. Our
organization plays a pivotal role in providing strategic guidance within key Pan-African
networks, including NGO CSW Africa, Solidarity for African Women’s Rights, and the Gender Is
My Agenda Campaign. Additionally, AMwA holds consultative status with the United Nations
Economic and Social Council.

Mentoring objectives

  • The aim of our Mentorship program is to offer feminist guidance, assistance, and specialized knowledge to our fellows, thereby assisting them in augmenting their proficiency in feminist principles, expanding their knowledge base, and fostering their professional development.
  • Mentors will assume a pivotal role in molding the alumni’s comprehension of the feminist terrain, offering valuable perspectives, and nurturing a culture of collaboration and mutual support.

Scope of Work

Mentors will be allocated to either an individual alumna or a cohort of alumnae, with the
assignment being contingent upon their respective expertise and the areas of interest of the
alumni. The mentorship period will extend over the course of 12 months and the mentors’ distinct
responsibilities encompass:

  • Offering mentorship and direction to the designated alumni in alignment with their areas of expertise and accumulated experience.
  • Assisting the alumni in establishing well-defined personal development goals and objectives.
  • Organizing regular virtual or in-person meetings with the alumni to review their advancements, address any obstacles, and offer constructive feedback.
  • Providing valuable insights, sharing best practices, and offering practical guidance to assist the alumni in navigating the complex feminist terrain.
  • Promoting and extending networking possibilities, as well as facilitating connections with pertinent professionals and stakeholders for the alumni
  • Supporting the alumni in developing their professional skills, including research skills, storytelling techniques, utilization of emerging technologies, and the mastery of effective communication methods.
  • Monitoring the fellows’ progress and providing timely recommendations for improvement.
  • Engaging in mentorship training sessions and workshops coordinated by AMwA

Qualifications And Experience

  • Must be a citizen of an African country.
  • Must be a woman or identifying as a woman including gender-expansive persons.
  • Should work in a position within the early to mid-career stage, having accumulated 2 to 10 years of professional experience.
  • Must be a feminist and possess a comprehensive understanding of fundamental feminist principles.
  • Proficient understanding of emerging climate and economic technologies and current trends.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and guide emerging professionals.
  • Understanding of the African feminist landscape, related sectors and development issues.
  • Willingness to dedicate time to engage in consistent mentorship meetings and provide ongoing support to the alumni throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Having the capacity to offer practical insights and expertise would be an advantageous attribute, especially when it involves sharing hands-on knowledge and expertise with alumni, particularly on subjects such as economic justice and climate justice, among others.

Duration of Assignment

The mentorship engagement will align with the duration of 12 months, from the date of
Note: Mentors will receive a stipend or honorarium for their services for any costs incurred
during the mentorship period, as per the agreement. Costs of travel (including accommodation)
as and when required will be covered by AMwA

How to Apply

The selection of mentors will be based on their qualifications, expertise, and alignment with the
goals of the AWLI program. Individuals interested in participating should complete the provided
form at:

Read the Terms of Reference here and fill in the call for applications here

Join us in this exciting endeavor and become a mentor, helping to craft a future where feminist leadership flourishes, and young women lead the way in creating positive change on both local and global scales.

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