Tuwezeshe Young Women’s Leadership Programme

This programme will build leadership capacity, mentoring and provision of sub-grant to undertake social action on VAWG. We will expand to university students to establish a FORWARD University Ambassadors programme. They will conduct their social action projects within academic spaces.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 March 2022 to 12:00 PM, 22 March 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (292403)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust (Champion)


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


This project will address multiple challenges faced by BME young women linked to gender discrimination, social norms and practices that make them vulnerable to VAWG, anxiety, racism and identity issues. This results in low confidence, mental health trauma and stifles opportunities and leadership options. Timely support is critical. A FORWARD study with young women found sisterhood networks, participation in social activism, and access to safe spaces makes them feel valued, heard and powerful.


The TuWezeshe leadership project will support 50 young women aged 15-30 years, by equipping them with knowledge,feminist leadership skills, mentoring support and safe networks to develop social action on VAWG and rights advocate . The 10-year review of FORWARD's young women’s programme found life changing impact and acted as a springboard for young women's leadership. We will work with partners to foster an environment that nurtures young women as change agents and build inclusive communities.

  • “Before joining TuWezeshe, I was passionate about making a change but I didn’t know how to. TuWezeshe has enabled me to believe in my abilities and improve my capacity to lead and influence change in the community.”

    — Tanzania Fellow

  • “When I joined TuWezeshe I learned the true meaning of power, self-assurance, sisterhood, and leadership. The training helped me discover truths about myself and guided me through self-care. But most of all it taught me what it really means to be a leader.”

    — England Fellow

  • “My experience of the TuWezeshe training could very easily be described as transformative. I learned so much about myself and how I relate to the world that I was previously blind to. I feel so much better equipped to be a change maker within myself, my communities, and society at large.”

    — Wales Fellow

  • “I got to know about transformational and feminist leadership, critical thinking, self-care and the power we hold as human beings, standing for my rights, [and] self assessment as a leader.”

    — Uganda Fellow