TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Leadership & Empowerment Movement, is a three-year women and girl’s rights project funded by Comic Relief’s Common Ground Initiative. Working across the UK, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somaliland, our vision is to equip young women with the skills they need to be leaders in the fight against gender based violence. The movement consists of the TuWezeshe Fellowship, our one-year leadership training and mentoring program, where participants will learn core leadership skills, have the chance to influence women’s rights policy, speak on a range of national and international platforms, and implement an advocacy project of their own design. We know that behind every strong woman is a lineage of strong women, which is why mentoring is essential to our program and our participants. By pairing young women with those who are already established in their fields, we hope to equip participants with the skills, confidence, knowledge and power necessary to transform their lives and communities. As mentors you will have the unique opportunity to partner with us by investing in and forging meaningful relationships and networks that will develop you as leaders and innovators in your own right as well as ensuring the fight for women’s rights and freedoms transitions from idea to reality.



The mentorship program will take place over the course of six months to a year. Mentorships will either be one-on-one or in groups depending on the participant(s) project. Mentors will be required to meet at least once a month with their mentees. Depending on availability, mentors can meet face to face or via Skype and meetings should be minimum of 30 minutes. Where possible, mentors will have the opportunity to meet prospective mentees on the last day of their Leadership Training Program. Mentor-matching will be based on each person’s skills, strengths, weaknesses and availability.

This is a voluntary position and mentors receive an intensive one-day training on mentorship and the concepts covered in the project at large. This is complemented by regular support through quarterly online meetings. Mentors will receive a certificate of recognition at the end of the program as well as great opportunities to network, develop their own leadership skills and the chance to support up-and-coming young women leaders.

We believe that a strong skill-set makes for a strong leader which is why we are looking for mentors with experience in and knowledge of the following six areas:

  • Research
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Policy, Advocacy and Human Rights
  • Youth and Young Adult outreach
  • Creative and Performance Arts
  • Communications and Media


The TuWezeshe England Mentorship program is open to Black British and or/African women living in England. We welcome applications from varying backgrounds and professional experiences and previous TuWezeshe Mentors have included government staff, barristers, NGO professionals, art curators and journalists.

Please complete and send an application form, an equal opportunities form and CV to [email protected]. Interviews will be held at the end of March and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. Before you complete your application, please carefully read the mentor specification.


Please note that the TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Empowerment Movement is run in partnership with the following organisations: Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), England; Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) Uganda; Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP), Wales, Scotland and Somaliland; The Child Dignity Forum (CDF) Tanzania. You must apply for the fellowship through the organisation implementing in your country. For further details please see our website: www.forwarduk.org.uk/get-involved