Applications for Women LEAD Nepal’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Institute are due April 14th (Baisakh 1) at 11:59pm.
Women LEAD believes that Nepal’s future will only improve if and when women and girls have a seat at the table. While women hold three of the highest political positions in Nepal, their political participation at other levels of government remains low. In the lead up to Nepal’s first local elections in almost 20 years, Women LEAD is organizing the Young Women’s Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI), an intensive, one-month program that will introduce young women to the power of political leadership. The program will recruit 20 fellows from in and around the Kathmandu and will be available free of charge for those selected.The program breakdown is as follows:
• April 22-28 (Baisakh 9-15): The program starts with a week of skills-building workshops, where participants will gain foundational knowledge about Nepal’s democratic system and the political processes in the country. Fellows will also learn essential professional skills in political organizing, including how to write and deliver an effective message, how to communicate with people who have different thoughts or opinions than their own, and how to create an effective campaign plan. Fellows are expected to attend the entire week of workshops and trainings from Saturday, April 22th to Friday, April 28th (Baisakh 9-15) each day from 12:30pm to 5:30pm (approximately 40 hours).
• May 2 – May 14 (Baishakh 19-31): After a week of training and workshops, fellows will volunteer for approximately 50 hours with a female candidate of an emerging political party during the two-week campaigning period, where they will have the opportunity to see the electoral process up close and play a direct role in increasing women’s political participation.
• May 20 (Jeth 6): The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony and fellows who have an attendance rate of 90% or more will receive a certificate for completing the program.
• Comfortable communicating in English and Nepali (both written and spoken);
• Attend a week of workshops and trainings from Saturday, April 22th to Friday, April 28th (Baisakh 9-15) each day from 12:30pm to 5:30pm (approximately 40 hours);
• Commit to volunteering approximately 50 hours with a female candidate for the two-week campaign period from May 2nd to May 12th (Baishakh 19-31);
• Attend the Graduation Ceremony on May 20th (Jeth 6).This is an equal opportunity program—young women from all castes, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, abilities, political leanings/affiliations, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.