Project background and overview:-
The Young Urban Women programme is a multi-country programme that is currently being
implemented in seven poor urban and peri-urban areas across India, South Africa and Ghana. These
three countries were carefully selected among the 45 countries that are part of the ActionAid
Federation because of their large young urban populations, their influence within regional and
international forums, and the geographic spread across two continents which continue to witness
high levels of poverty and inequality. ActionAid also considered the significant political space
available within these emerging democracies to raise the visibility of young women’s rights to decent
work and sexual and reproductive health services.
Programme goal: Our goal is that in 3 years, 5,800 young urban women living in poverty in India,
Ghana and South Africa will have greater dignity through more economic independence and control
over their bodies, and their voices will be heard and recognised in international forums.
Outcome 1: Young women have safe and decent work and livelihoods, and can exercise greater
control over their income
Outcome 2: Young women's informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health are
Outcome 3: Young women in the areas we programme in are empowered and supported by
allies and responsible stakeholders to effect change in their own lives, their families, their
communities and different levels of government
Target group and indirect beneficiaries: There will be 2,800 young women direct beneficiaries in
India; 1,000 young women direct beneficiaries in South Africa and 2,000 young women direct
beneficiaries in Ghana. Across the programme, there will be 5,800 direct beneficiaries. National and
international advocacy of putting young women’s rights to decent work and SRHR on the
international development agenda is anticipated to have a wide impact on young women globally.
Why leadership building for young women:-
The YUW project aims to create a cadre of young women leaders at the community level who would be
using their leadership skills to mobilise young women and fight for their rights. Even though the project
partners have been focusing on developing leadership skills for the young women, there is a need to
bring in the women’s rights perspective which is often left out otherwise.
The need for developing young women’s leadership:-
The YUW project is a unique project in which we are attempting to develop a model of empowerment
which takes into account challenges faced by young women both within the family/household context
as well as their access to Decent Work/livelihoods opportunities. As the young women are central to
this project we are mainly working with them through the creation of safe spaces in the community
where we are mobilising the young women through formation of locally based groups/collectives.
These groups/collectives are serving as critical spaces from which we are working with the young
women to conscientise them with regards to their SRHR and livelihoods issues. We are also looking at
invisible challenges that young women face, such as addressing their unpaid care work burden.
In such a context, situating the young women as the primary stakeholders, it becomes important for us
to also ensure that through our intervention the young women are able to develop their leadership
potentials. However, the young women should also be facilitated in such a way that the entire
leadership process is underpinned in human rights ideology, so that the young women are able to
situate and contextualise their lives from a rights perspective and are able to assimilate what it would
mean to be a leader.
In order to decentralise the process and ensure that the largest possible numbers of YUW have access
to leadership trainings, it would be good if the trainings took place at country level, keeping in mind the
also the linguistic requirements of the participants. The trainings would also be need to be designed in
such a manner so that they are spread over a period of time and there are refreshers organised at
intervals. The final outcome of this process would be to create a cadre of young women leaders and
rights advocates at the community level who would be using their leadership skills to mobilise young
women and fight for their rights.
Objective of the assignment:-
To build young women’s understanding about norms around sexuality and gender and how
they affect roles and responsibilities leading to inequality and discrimination.
To build their understanding on the intersections of gender and human rights with other issues
of economic justice, SRHR, and development.
To strengthen their leadership skills and capacities with a feminist lens to enable them to
become effective women’s rights advocates.
Scope of the assignment:-
1. Needs assessment of the implementing partners in Ghana and South Africa, including development
of a participant profile.
2. Working with AA International and country teams to develop a training module for the young
women with a strong focus on participatory methodologies.
3. Conduct two 5 day long in-country trainings on young women’s leadership building (one in Ghana
and one in SA).
4. Provide written feedback to Action Aid International on the trainings.
The total time-frame for this assignment is from November 2014 to January 2015.
Strong understanding of issues/challenges faced by young women’s rights activists,
particularly in the context of urban areas.
Extensive experience of working on c o n d u c t i n g l e a d e r s h i p t r a i n i n g s
f o r y o u n g w o m e n , s p e c i f i c a l l y f r o m a w o m e n ’ s r i g h t s l e n s .
Immediate availability in November 2014.
Please share the following documents as part of the application procedure:-
A cover letter with an organisational profile.
A tentative budget.
Please email the above-mentioned documents to · Programmes.firstname.lastname@example.org
by 24 November 2014