The fellowship programme is open to applications between 4th August and 20th August 2019, and is set to take place from 1st to 4th September 2019; ,venue will be communicated to selected fellows.
About AruWSIGArusha Women School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) is a premier programme whose overarching aim is to mentor girls and women in Arusha(Tanzania) and its environs, through professional digital rights outreach symposiums and hackathons on the topic of Internet Governance.
The primary objective is capacity building of aspiring digital rights,Internet Governance/policy women leaders (organizers, speakers, and local content curators), who will then lead Internet Policy initiatives including content localization, as well as discussions at national, regional level and international levels.
SPONSORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPThis work is carried out in the context of the Africa Digital Rights Fund with support from the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and partnership from ICANN, Women@WebTz, Jamii Forums,iResolve Tanzania,Mindful Conversations,WOUGNET, ICANN, Localization Lab and Zaina Foundation.
Programme FormatAruWSIG will partner with Localization Lab to offer a 1 day localization sprint on digital security tools, and other stakeholders to offer a 3 days intensive digital policy training to 30 selected participants.The induction course will cover the political, economic, socio-cultural, technological,legal, and other dimensions of the digital rights and Internet Governance (e.g. academia and research) in Tanzania’s context. The program is expected to carry theoretical sessions, role-plays, and participants engagement activities.
Eligibility CriteriaAruWSIG is open to individuals (18-40 years) from any stakeholder group including but not limited to: technical community, academia, civil society, government, private sector, legal fraternity.
To be considered for the fellowship, a candidate must meet the following criteria:
-Must be a woman (though exceptional few male candidates will be considered)-Must be a Tanzanian, or residing in Arusha and its environs-Must have a laptop with Wi-Fi capabilities (for localization on day 0)-Must demonstrate a basic awareness and eagerness to learn about digital rights and Internet Governance.-Must demonstrate fluency in English and/or Swahili-Must show interest in joining ICANN, AFRINIC, ISOC, and or the Internet Governance and Policy ecosystem-Must demonstrate writing and argumentation skills, to prepare reports and defend positions
Review and selectionSelection will be made on the basis of submitted expression of interest, and taking into account the eligibility criteria stated above. Admission into AruwSIG shall be through a competitive selection process, and on merit.
At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of participation; a few exceptional participants through support from Africa Digital Rights Fund, will receive travel and accommodation fellowship to attend the Tanzanian Internet Governance Forum (TzIGF) in Dar es Salaam, in October 2019.