DefendDefenders Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship for East Africa 2019


The Fellowship is aimed at building a community of tech-savvy East African
women ready to stand up and defend digital rights and digital safety while fighting online harassment in their communities.

Participation involves :

  • Minimum 4 hours per week for 3 weeks before the first workshop to complete self-study assignments and exercises. Please note these exercises are mandatory for participation in the workshop.
  • Must be available for weekly email check-ins with mentors.
  • Must be able to attend a one-week workshop to be scheduled in March 2019 in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Opportunity to seek small grants to carry out community digital safety activities of your own.
  • Working with mentors and peers as you improve your skills and work to defend your community.
  • Opportunity to participate in the 2nd gathering of Safe Sisters to further grow skills and reflect on practice and experience gained during project implementation,


  • Open to creative, self-motivated and dependable women who want to take their digital safety skills and online activism to the next level.
  • Applicant should be from one of the following countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in digital safety and security.
  • Applicants should have experience working in the human rights and/or media field with links to communities who are digitally at-risk.
  • Applicants must hold a sufficient level of English, as English will be the working language.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrate experience with strong technical competencies (though this need not be formal education).
  • Have experience with tech and human rights initiatives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their own and their community’s digital safety challenges and needs.
  • Propose creative project ideas.
  • Construct clear project objectives/goals.


Deadline is February 15, 2019


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