Call for Applications: AWDF’s “Writing for Social Change” Workshop for African Women

The organizers of the workshop encourage applications from journalists and from African women across the whole continent.

Here is the announcement from AWDF:

“The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in collaboration with FEMRITE – Uganda Women Writers Association, invites African women writers and journalists to apply for the Writing for Social Change Workshop 2015. This 10-day writing workshop, will be taking place in Uganda from July 27 to August 5, 2015.

The workshop will be facilitated by veteran BBC journalist and media expert Elizabeth Ohene from Ghana and award-winning writer Yewande Omotoso, from Nigeria/South Africa/Barbados.

This workshop is targeted at women writers, journalists and activists who wish to step-up their involvement in highlighting issues around women’s rights and social justice. Participants will be expected to read widely from assigned selected texts, and to complete daily writing exercises. After the workshop, the participants are expected to use the knowledge acquired to write widely about social justice issues in and beyond their communities.This workshop is part of AWDF’s efforts to amplify African women’s voices and is aimed at creating a network that will enable participants to place their articles and stories in a range of local, regional and international media.

Priority will be given to interested women journalists who wish to actively engage in women’s activism – we are expecting at least 50% of the writers selected for this workshop to be full-time journalists. We will also include women from AWDF’s existing grantee organisations, and within our partner networks.

Full accommodation, meals and a partial travel grant will be provided to all successful applicants. All applicants will be expected to be present for the ten-day duration of the workshop.

Application Guidelines:

Deadline for submission is May 31 2015. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by June 5,  2015.  To apply send an e-mail to; communications@awdf.org. E-mail subject should read ‘Application for Social Justice Workshop 2015’
The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
a) Your Name
b. Your Email Address
c. A short bio (maximum 200 words)
d. A sample article about women’s rights or social justice -between 500 and 1000 words. The sample maybe unpublished or published on any media. This can be sent as an attachment or as part of the email body especially if it has images.AWDF will not be responsible in case of any plagiarism.

The entire announcement includes bios of the facilitators.

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