Call for Applications: Peer Support Programme for Women Lawyers in sub-Saharan Africa

Media Defence is calling for applications from women lawyers based in sub-Saharan Africa to participate in a peer support programme, which is aimed at women lawyers with demonstrated interest in digital rights, as well as in independent peer learning and peer support with fellow women lawyers. 

Media Defence aims to provide a platform for newly trained women lawyers to build their expertise and confidence and to receive support on various issues relevant to women lawyers. At the same time, the peer support programme shall allow more experienced women lawyers to contribute to developing a strong professional network and to increase their competence and confidence by offering guidance to their peers.

Eligibility:

  • The peer support programme is open to women lawyers who work and reside in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of freedom of expression, digital rights, internet freedom and/or related issues;
  • Previous attendance at one of Media Defence’s litigation surgeries;
  • Applicants must be proficient in English;
  • The women lawyers can either be working in private practice or be working for or be affiliated with NGOs promoting the right to freedom of expression in East Africa through litigation. Exceptionally strong applications from lawyers who have not yet undertaken freedom of expression work, but have experience litigating other human rights cases and have a strong interest in undertaking freedom of expression work will be considered as well;
  • Potential for future collaboration with Media Defence; and,
  • Commitment to the continued engagement with the network of digital rights lawyers in the region.

Grant size:

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Grant Sector:
  • Human Rights & Democracy
  • Women & Gender
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