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Call For East African Youth Proposals -African World Heritage Day

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Call For East African Youth Proposals -African World Heritage Day

In Celebration of African World Heritage Day on 5 May 2021, and in the framework of the African Union Year 2021 for “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in partnership with UNESCO National Commissions in the region and the African World Heritage Fund are launching an open competition for youth, aged 18 to 35 years, in all 13 countries covered by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda) to develop a project proposal for raising awareness and engagement of youth in the protection and promotion of African World Heritage.

Proposals may focus on raising awareness and/or engagement among youth for one World Heritage site in Africa, all World Heritage sites in a specific country or the Eastern Africa region, or may also focus on the entire Africa region. Proposals may also focus on Tentative List sites or the UNESCO 1972 World Heritage Convention.

All proposals must include a detailed budget breakdown indicating the estimated costs for all activities in USD for a total amount up to 5000 USD. The proposed activity(-ies) must be feasible to carry-out between 1 July and 15 November 2021.  All proposed activities must respect national and World Health Organization (WHO) health guidelines and prevention measures for the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as national security and legal guidelines. Moreover, all proposals must respect human rights and promote respect for cultural diversity.

In November 2015, the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO declared Africa World Heritage Day (5 May) as an opportunity for people around the world, particularly Africans, to celebrate the continent’s unique cultural and natural heritage. While Africa is underrepresented on the UNESCO World Heritage List (African heritage accounts for approximately 8.5% of all properties inscribed globally and Eastern Africa has 34 natural and cultural sites inscribed), these properties are overrepresented on the List of World Heritage in Danger (30%). In the face of contemporary threats such as climate change, uncontrolled exploitation, poaching, civil strife and instability, many African World Heritage sites are in danger of losing their outstanding universal value. The need to protect and preserve this irreplaceable heritage for the enjoyment of future generations is therefore more urgent than ever.

Working hand-in-hand, UNESCO and the African World Heritage Fund are committed to lead international efforts to harness the immense potential of Africa’s cultural and natural heritage as a force for poverty reduction and social cohesion, as well as a driving force for sustainable development and innovation. Through this International Day, UNESCO and the African World Heritage Fund aim to raise global awareness of African heritage, particularly among youth, and to mobilize increased cooperation for the preservation of African heritage at the local, regional and global levels, especially to promote resilience from COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please see the Call for Proposals below, or e-mail: AWHDayEA@unesco.org(link sends e-mail) 

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International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation’s Fellows Program For Women Leaders Worldwide.

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International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation’s Fellows Program For Women Leaders Worldwide.

Each year, IWF invests in making women stronger, smarter and more influential through its Fellows Program, a year-long, intensive leadership development experience. The Fellows Program was launched in 1994 with seed-funding from the U.S. Labor Department as a direct result of the Glass Ceiling Commission and annually convenes approximately 35 Fellows from around the world for a total of 20 days. Featuring academic partnerships with Harvard Business School and INSEAD, the program offers customized leadership training for high-achieving women leaders on their path to the C-suite. The approach is holistic and focused on the participant’s personal and professional development, career path, and trajectory, while embracing the value of an outside perspective.

IWF organizes programming and professional development opportunities to share knowledge and discuss solutions on current
business challenges, diversity, gender equality and other global topics.
• IWF believe that the intractable challenges we face can only be solved if women attain their equal place and status – if
women share their diverse perspectives, contribute different styles of leadership and present new solutions only they can
develop.
• IWF believe the potential for women is unlimited and opportunities should be, as well.
• IWF believe an investment in women is an investment in the future.
• IWF believe in transferring knowledge and momentum to the leaders of tomorrow to improve our world – to energize,
demand and accelerate the imperative of change

Requirements

Each year, IWF selects a geographically, culturally, ethnically and professionally diverse group of women. IWF seeks candidates that demonstrate the following:
• Considered change agents within their organization and community
• Possess the ambition to push to the highest levels of their career and the desire to lift as they rise with regard to legacy and mentoring
• Substantive professional/work experience and significant direct accomplishments
• Strength of character, motivation and commitment to goals
• Superior intellectual ability, as evidenced by academic history and distinctions, and recommendations
• Have the capacity to both contribute to and gain from the Fellows Program
• Intention to participate fully in all activities and training components associated with the Fellows Program, as well as a commitment to the Legacy Project

Structure
The program convenes approximately 35 Fellows from around the world for a total of 20 days, comprised of three separate sessions. It is executed in partnership with INSEAD and Harvard Business School. The Fellows Program offers creative, multidisciplinary training aimed at developing leadership and strategic management capabilities.

Mentoring
In addition to leadership training, Fellows are matched with an IWF member who serves as a mentor during the program year. Through the mentoring experience, participants gather personal insights and advice from women at the top of their field. Fellows also take part in IWF’s annual World Leadership Conference, which brings together 850+ women executives
from more than 40 nations.

Legacy Projects
To amplify the impact of the program, Fellows are responsible for implementing a Legacy Project that applies the skills learned in a relevant way. Previous Legacy Projects include: a career conference series aimed at female university students in Mexico, a breakfast roundtable for women in the U.S. military in Washington, D.C., and mentoring circles to foster a pipeline of women leaders in the aviation industry.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The 2021-2022 Fellows Program is moving forward as planned with applications due by June 1, 2021. We expect the program modules, with the exception of the IWF World Leadership Conference, to take place in person unless challenges associated with COVID-19 remain and CDC guidelines recommend otherwise. Below is the planned module schedule:

September 29-October 1, 2021

2021-2022 Fellows Program Launch in Washington, DC.

November 3-5, 2021

IWF Virtual World Leadership Conference.

February 28 – March 3, 2022

INSEAD Executive Education Module in Fontainebleau, France.

June 6-11, 2022

Harvard Business School Executive Education Module in Cambridge, MA.

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