Safe Sister

Safe Sister: Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship 2019

Two years ago, DefendDefenders started the work of building a community of tech-savvy East African women ready to stand up and defend digital rights and digital safety while fighting online harassment in their communities. Since then 21 amazing women from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Tanzania have been trained to play an important role in their communities as digital security mentors!

DefendDefenders is an East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project. They seek to strengthen the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) throughout the region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights.

Safe Sister: Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship

DefendDefenders is excited to announce the expansion of Safe Sister, a Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship . They are looking for creative, self-motivated and dependable women who want to take their digital safety skills and online activism to the next level – inviting women human rights defenders from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda to apply.

The Safe sister women’s digital safety fellowship involves;

  • Minimum 4 hours per week for 3 weeks before the first workshop to complete self-study assignments and exercises. Please note these exercises are mandatory for participation in the workshop;
  • Must be available for weekly email check-ins with mentors;
  • Must be able to attend a one-week workshop to be scheduled in March 2019 in Kampala, Uganda;
  • Opportunity to seek small grants to carry out community digital safety activities of your own;
  • Working with mentors and peers as you improve your skills and work to defend your community; and
  • Opportunity to participate in the 2nd gathering of Safe Sisters to further grow skills and reflect on practice and experience gained during project implementation.

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate experience with strong technical competencies (though this need not be formal education);
  • Have experience with tech and human rights initiatives;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their own and their community’s digital safety challenges and needs;
  • Propose creative project ideas; and
  • Construct clear project objectives/goals.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in digital safety and security;
  • Applicants should have experience working in the human rights and/or media field with strong links to communities who are digitally at-risk;
  • Applicants must hold a sufficient level of english, as english will be the working language;

How to Apply

Please apply for Safe Sister: Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship by filling out the online application form in the link below.

Click here to Apply

If you have any questions, email safesister@defenddefenders.org.

Deadline: 15th February 2019

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