Call for Applications: South Africa Gender Equity Initiative

Rise Up is thrilled to launch a call for applications for the Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) in South Africa! We invite applications from civil society, grassroots, community-based, and non-profit organization leaders based in Gauteng Province and Durban to participate in Rise Up’s GEI program and be part of the first cohort of Rise Up leaders in South Africa. GEI is a non-stipended program offering selected leaders the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the no-cost weeklong residential Rise Up Advocacy and Leadership Accelerator workshop between February 2-9, 2020 to strengthen their skills in girl and women-centered advocacy, leadership, and proposal development and develop strategies to improve the lives of girls and women in their communities.
  • Apply for competitive seed funding to launch their advocacy strategies.
  • Join a dynamic global network of diverse leaders working to improve the lives of women and girls everywhere.
Successful candidates must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be leaders between the ages of 18 and 60 years old.  All genders welcome!

  2. Be current residents based in Gauteng Province or Durban, South Africa.

  3. Have a personal interest and commitment to promoting changes in government systems, programs, laws and policies affecting economic and educational opportunities, human rights, social justice and equity, health, and welfare of women and girls in the counties.

  4. Have at least 5 years of experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Girls’ Education
    • Youth Development
    • Economic empowerment, microcredit, or poverty alleviation
    • Gender equity
    • Human rights
    • LGBTQ+ rights
    • Community mobilization & development
    • Media and communications
    • Sustainable development
    • Public policy or advocacy
    • Women’s civic engagement and political participation
    • Racial justice
    • Environmental justice and climate change

  5. Currently work at a non-profit organization, NGO, grassroots organization, media or government organization at a level of coordination or management and have some level of decision-making power.*

  6. Have the support of the leadership of the organization to participate in a training week from February 2-9, 2020

*To be eligible to receive a grant, your organization/network or fiscal sponsor must be a registered as a non-profit organization.

There is no cost to apply or participate. Learn more about Rise Up's Gender Equity Initiative here. 

View and download a one-page overview of the South Africa Gender Equity Initiative.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Interested qualified applicants should use our online application form to submit an application along with a curriculum vitae or resume. If you have difficulty filling out the online application, download the application and email your completed application form and curriculum vitae/resume to Lindelwe Mapurisa, Rise Up’s South Africa Project Coordinator, at Lmapurisa@riseuptogether.org.

The deadline for all applications is 28 October 2019.

View and download the application in PDF.

View and download the application in MS Word.