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Call for Applications: Safe Sisters’ Fellowship Program Workshop 2023

DefendDefenders call for applications – Safe Sisters Fellowship 

Call for applications for Women Human Rights Defenders from Uganda to the Safe Sisters Fellowship Program 2023  

Safe Sisters is a fellowship program that builds the capacity of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs), journalists or media workers to understand and respond to the digital safety challenges that they face in their work and daily life.

This unique opportunity brings together Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and civil society persons from across Africa for intensive training and networking while learning how to strategically employ digital tools across the spectrum of data management, content development, digital security. The fellowship program is about empowering women and girls working on human rights issues to take control of their space online and information and share with other women. Participants must be willing and able to learn in a fast-paced programme and should have the capacity and commitment to complete the programme.

 Applicants ought to:  

  • Apply individually and must be based in Uganda.
  • Their work should mainly be focused on promotion and protection of human rights.
  • Have  an existing high impact digital project or idea they wish to bring into the workshop and implement after the cycle of safe sisters. 
  • Have  an open mind to learn and experiment with new digital tools and concepts.  
  • Applicants should be proficient in English (written, spoken and comprehension).


  1. Participants will be able to take part in a workshop over a period of five days, with DefendDefenders, to ensure that learning is tailored to the needs of the group.   
  2. The participants will define and work on their own project throughout the course of participating in the workshop and receive support and mentorship in realizing their project vision. 
  3. Participants will also become members of our alumni network after they have gone through the whole cycle, including access to mentors, creatives, safe sister signal group, a mailing list, e-learning opportunities, and priority in subsequent events.  
  4. All costs related to enabling participation in the workshop will be covered by DefendDefenders.
  5.  Participants shall be given the opportunity to apply for grants for implementation of their own activities, following the successful completion of the fellowship programme.


Selection into the program is highly competitive. We encourage you to apply early and put your best foot forward.  

Phase 1Fill out this application form by 9th November 2022.  

Phase 2: Selection

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Phase 3Self-study. 

Phase 4Preparation for the workshop. 

If you are selected to attend the workshops, you must complete several online assignments that will be assigned by the Safe Sister lead.

Phase 5: The workshop

The workshop will take place from the 16th – 20th January 2023 unless otherwise communicated. 

For any inquiries, please contact [email protected] and copy[email protected] , [email protected]

Phase 6: Mentorship

There will be mentorship and financial/technical follow up support to alumni of the fellowship.

The Safe Sister Digital Skills Fellowship is made possible with the support of Government of the Netherlands