Category Archives: Gender, Women, Girls


VSOApplication Deadline: 30th march 2015


The City of Cape Town, VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) and Skillshare International invites

Youth aged 17-18 to take part in an exchange project on YOUTH LEADERSHIP THROUGH SPORT.

It is an exchange program for a group of 16 youth (8 boys and 8 girls) which focuses on youth leadership through sport. The project will be residential for both the Nigerian and South African youth participating in the program. Accommodation, meals and program activity will be provided for participants for the duration of the program-7 days. Travel to Cape Town will be the

Responsibility of the participants as will any costs incurred if you decide to stay in Cape Town longer than 7 days.



  • Resident and citizen of Nigeria
  • must be  Aged 17-18
  • Actively involved in any sport.
  • Positive and realistic commitment to the program
  • A genuine commitment to learning – YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Self confidence
  • Ability to work with others in a team

For further enquiries email Kingsley or David

To apply Click  Here

Apply! Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network

RCSApplication Deadline: 20th February 2015

The Royal Commonwealth Society is seeking applicants for a five day forum in Malta, where young people from around the Commonwealth will meet to discuss gender inequality issues. The participants in the forum will form the inaugural members of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network, which will focus on youth priorities for gender issues, and actively engage with

Commonwealth processes to ensure youth priorities are reflected in policy and practice. The forum will take place six months ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and will be a key opportunity to discuss gender equality concerns and priorities ahead of active engagement in the Commonwealth Youth Forum, People’s Forum and Women’s Forum, which all take place in the wings of CHOGM.

Applicants must have experience working on gender equality issues, either in the workplace, through studies or as a volunteer.

Context and Background

Young people are able to actively participate in Commonwealth political processes via a number of platforms. The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is a chance for young people to debate their priority areas for further Commonwealth action, and to present this to Heads of Government. The Commonwealth Youth Council was established in 2013 to represent the voice of youth in the Commonwealth with an elected executive of 12 representatives from national youth councils rotating every two years. However, there is no gender youth network to advocate for gender equality issues within the formal structures of the Commonwealth.

The RCS is proposing to contribute towards filling this gap by launching an international Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network. Given work on gender issues the

RCS is well placed, alongside a range of participating experts, to interact with young citizens of the Commonwealth, to work with them to develop a strong youth voice on gender and equality issues.

The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Forum

The forum will take place in Malta on 13th–17thMay 2015. It will be a five day residential programme which will bring together young professionals and experts in an inter-generational learning environment for the purpose of capacity-building the group. This will occur through

workshops, discussions and training sessions. The interaction will aim to develop knowledge in a range of areas, including on various gender issues, on effective advocacy, and on further practical skills.

Themes covered will include child marriage, harmful practices, domestic violence, sexual violence, access to education, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, leadership, STEM, LGBT rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The workshops and discussions will be facilitated by trainers and experts, and will serve as a space to share knowledge and experience, as well as capacity-building the participants to be able to understand the issues more clearly in their global context, gain a greater idea of the ways in which they can effectively affect policy changes and advocate more effectively at key moments, particularly within Commonwealth structures.


Applicants must be:

  1. Between the ages of 18-29 at the start of the event
  2. Resident in a Commonwealth country
  3. Committed to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance and sustainable development
  4. Fluent in English –the working language of the Forum
  5. Confirm that I am medically fit to travel and participate in the Forum
  6. Able to evidence professional or voluntary experience on gender equality issues
  7. Willing to share case studies and highlight relevant aspects of my work
  8. Willing to be an active participant and to spread the values

and outcomes of the network in my home country

for more details contact:Leila Asrari

To apply click Here

Apply! Grameen Foundation Fellowship: Stipend & Ongoing Professional Development

Grameen FoundationApplication Deadline: 1 March 2015 and 3 May 2015

Grameen Foundation Fellowship is a unique opportunity for professionals from a wide range of industries, from management consulting and business to data analysis to healthcare and agriculture, to gain substantial experience leading the development and implementation of projects serving the poor, working with some of the brightest minds in social innovation.

During the program, fellows work with some of the brightest minds in social innovation on projects designed to accelerate the impact, scale and sustainability of some of the world’s most promising organizations committed to alleviating global poverty. All Fellows receive monthly stipends, group orientation, and ongoing professional development training.

Each Grameen Foundation Fellowship Class is different, as placements are driven by demands on the ground. Typically, strong Fellowship candidates have experience in strategy or management consulting and/or have worked in global business or in start-up environments. Since most placements will be with Grameen Foundation teams, expertise in the areas of financial services, health, agriculture, mobile technology, and social entrepreneurship are also sought. Fellowship placements will likely be in Africa (particularly Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya), Latin America (particularly Colombia and Nicaragua), Asia (particularly India and the Philippines), and the Middle East.

Candidates complete a general application for the Grameen Foundation Fellowship Program and are considered for opportunities that match their skills and interests.

For more information, visit this link.

Apply! Momentum for Change: Apply to win Participation in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

unccApplication Deadline: 25 April 2015

The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat is accepting applications for the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity which offers several benefits including fully covered participation in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Momentum for Change shines a light on the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to tackle climate change.
If you’re leading a results-driven project that is successfully addressing climate change, then you can apply for this.

Organizations, communities, cities, businesses, governments and others that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized as a 2015 Lighthouse Activity.

If your project is selected as a winning activity, you will receive a wide range of benefits, including fully covered attendance to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France; access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference; public recognition by the UN Climate Change secretariat; public relations support and media training; high-quality promotional videos and podcasts; a dedicated page about your project on our website; and graphic assets such as infographics and professional photography.

Applicants must choose one of the following four focus areas where their activity is making a difference.

  • Urban Poor
  • Women for Results
  • Financing for Climate Friendly Investment
  • ICT Solutions

For more information, visit this link

Apply! Fondation Ensemble Special Call for Proposal 2015

FEjpgApplication  Deadline: 2 February 2015

Foundation Ensemble invites organizations who, based on field work and experience, are addressing or aim to address the challenges of over exploitation of fisheries in Mozambique and also the effects of climate change in the sector. Fund will be disseminated to projects that aim at

  • Improving the sustainability of the artisanal fisheries by improving for the long term fisheries data collection on a wide scale (for instance at protected area and/or provincial level).
  • Reducing damaging and unsustainable fishing practices and improving fisheries management and enforcement around fishing methods, protected species, temporal and spatial closures such as sanctuaries, etc.
  • Advocating in a participatory manner (with other stakeholders such as NGO’s, academia and fishermen representatives,…), at provincial and national level, to improve the legal framework and it’s implementation; increasing and diversifying income of coastal communities, in particular fishermen families, by promoting sustainable income generating activities (IGR), related to fishing, or not. Ideally, these IGR will contribute to build local buy-in to marine conservation.

Eligibility Criteria for Fondation Ensemble Special Call for Proposal 2015

  • The geographical area covered may vary from a local (district) level to provincial level. It may be a protected area, or not.
  • The project will be seen as a pilot, but explicability and scaling up potential must be a priority, and built in within the approach from the beginning. Results and findings of this pilot phase will be decisive in refining the Foundation’s strategy and investments in this area.
  • Read the Eligibility Criteria for ‘Four Areas of Intervention’, all of them apply for the special call.
  • Project proposals, and if selected, project reporting will be solely in English (no French for this special initiative).

Note: Concept note format may be downloaded and submitted on our website under the “sustainable fisheries” focus sector.

For more information visit Here

Apply! FONERWA/Rwanda Call For Proposals 2015

FONERWAApplication Deadline: 2 February 2015

FONERWA is accepting PPDs from interested Organisations/CSOs/Institutions/Government Agencies under its sixth call for Project Proposals for Financial Support in Areas of Environment, Climate Change and Green Economy Initiatives.

The foundation has the objective of contributing to sustainable wealth creation and poverty reduction in Rwanda, through sustainable management of natural resources, climate resilient and green economic growth.

Areas of Interest

  1. Environment
  2. Climate Change
  3. Green Economy Initiatives
  4. Poverty Reduction

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be organizations including, line ministries, Government agencies, Districts, the private sector, academic institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs).
  • Projects must target priority areas for national development related to environment, climate change and green growth.
  • Applicants must submit Project Profile Documents (PPDs) requesting for financial support to implement projects and programmes that fulfill FONERWA objectives after which they are invited for submitting full proposals.

Application Procedure

Applicants can submit their project concepts, known as Project Profile Documents (PPDs) via email. All proposals received by stipulated deadline are then taken through a rigorous screening process. The step by step process of application is-

  • Step 1– Applicants (Line Ministries/private sector/civil society) should complete Project Profile Documents (PPDs) for proposals to be considered by the FONERWA Secretariat, in conformity with FONERWA Thematic Financing Windows/ key entry points.
  • Step 2– PDs will be screened by the Fund Management Team against eligibility criteria.
  • Step 3– If successful, applicants will be asked to submit a full project document, and technical assistance (TA) and support from the Fund Management Team to elaborate or improve the proposal will be provided as needed.
  • Step 4– Full proposals will undergo a technical appraisal by the Fund Management Team who will assign a priority ranking for submission to the FONERWA Technical Committee.

For more information and application form, visit Here.


Apply! 2015 International Citizen Service (ICS) Youth Exchange Programme

Application Deadline:ICS logo 8th February 2015

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 18 to 25-year-olds, backed by the UK government.

It gives you the chance to work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, to make a meaningful contribution to fighting poverty, and to gain valuable skills that will stay with you long after the 12-week placement is complete.

ICS is demanding but hugely rewarding – both in its own right and as a stepping stone to future job opportunities and to help you play a part in making your world a better place

Are you…
Positive and realistic?
Flexible and adaptable?
Good at working with others?
Up for the challenge of a lifetime?

Apply! YOUWIN 2015 ROUND 1

YouWinApplication Deadline: 30 January 2015 (Round 1)
YouWiN! stands for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas. The accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN! awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012. YouWiN! Women was the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme, which was designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less. The third edition, YouWiN! 3, which support both male and female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, recently announced the 1500 awardees. With the upcoming launch of YouWiN! 4, the President of Nigeria will have fulfilled his promise to financially support over 3,600 Nigerian youths to develop their entrepreneurial ideals and plans through the YouWiN! program. YouWiN! 4 is open to both male and female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 – 45 years.

Apply here

Apply! Cartier Women Initiative Award 2015


Application Deadline: 27 February 2015
The +Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, +McKinsey & Company  and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. A WEConnection won last year and she will be sharing her application experience at upcoming Weconnection events!

The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:

  • To identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding and coaching
  • To foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurship
  • To create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage peer networking

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up. Since their inception in 2006, they have accompanied over 140 promising female business-owners and recognized 44 Laureates.

It is interesting to note that in the 8 year CWIA history, the Laureates for Sub-Saharan Africa came from Nigeria in 2009, 2013 and 2014!

Apply Here

Apply! Global Dialogue Story-Creating Contest 2015

GDC2015Application Deadline: March 31st 2015

“It’s because I have something I want to say, and I want my voice to be heard!”

That is by far the most common answer when participants in Global Dialogues contests – over 200,000 young people from 75 countries so far – are asked why they took part.

In the Global Dialogues contests, young people across the world speak out by creating stories for short films about issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexuality, violence against women, or drugs, alcohol and sex.

The contests is a unique opportunity for young people to break the ice on taboo subjects and share their views with others – including members of their own family – often for the first time in their lives.

Participants create fictional stories or tell true stories that they have experienced and want people to know about. All the stories are studied by juries who not only select the winners, but also gain a much deeper understanding of young people’s thoughts and feelings. The jurors’ main job is to listen and to learn from young people; they then share that new knowledge with key decision makers.

Winning ideas are turned into Global Dialogues films by some of the planet’s premier directors and by emerging cinema talents, reaching over 200,000,000 people online and on TV every year.

 Voices heard, loud and clear!

Contest Prizes:

The contest will be examined by series of juries.

Grand Prize: US$2,500

Second Prize: US$1,250

Third Prize: US$625

Winners will reciev their prizes on or before August 31st 2015 at the address the give on their participant questionnaire. Only one prize will be given to each winning team. The juries decisions are final.

We hope that you will consider participating either by creating stories yourself or – if you’re over 24 – supporting young people in their efforts and spreading the word about the Global Dialogues contests. Thank you!
Read more Here