Frequently Asked Questions - ShE Is Empowered 2022

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How do I qualify to be eligible for the program?

You must be a woman between the ages of 15-29 in one of the following countries: Ghana, Namibia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Why is the program not available in my country?

We can only select 10 countries per year for the program and aim to include different countries each year. This is also subject to how much interest in the program is shown by a country. 

Will I be required to travel?

No. The program is online/remote, however, if funding provides we would like to schedule meet-ups for ShE Leaders who are in close proximity to each other.

How do I apply?

You can apply online using a link you can find on our website and all social media pages after 4 February 2022. 

Is there any application fee to join the program?

No. It is free and in English.

What is the structure of the program?

The program has 3 facets. The first is bi-monthly educational and interactive sessions with facilitators on different topics (e.g. financial literacy, personal development social entrepreneurship etc.) that come with assignments. The second facet is mentorship where each ShE Leader is assigned a mentor to assist in their personal and professional development. The third facet is a community engagement project that each ShE Leader is required to carry out by the end of the program. This is project-based in their community. 

How long is the program?

 The program will commence in April 2022 and conclude in November 2022.

Is this program full-time?

No, the program is not full time and sessions mostly occur once every two weeks for two hours in the evening, however, commitment is required, attending each session, submitting each assignment after each session, keeping in consistent contact with your mentor and completing your community project.

What is the selection process timeline?

The online application will open on 4 February 2022 and close on 25 February at 23:59 CAT. Once applications close, the AMI Team and ShE Alumni will review them and invite successful applicants to an interview in March. The results of the interviews will be communicated via email and selected applicants will be invited to join the ShE Cohort.

Will we receive assistance with our community engagement projects?

Yes, ShE Leaders will receive guidance and advice from the ShE Team, their mentors and sometimes other ShE Leaders (sharing of ideas and knowledge is encouraged), however, executing the project will be your responsibility.  

Is this program free? Will we receive financial assistance during the program?

Yes, this program is free. Funding for data to attend the online sessions will be provided and seed funding will be provided to assist with the execution of community engagement projects, however, if the cost of a project exceeds the amount of seed funding the program participant will be required to fundraise the remaining amount. Tips and advice will be provided on request for fundraising.

Is there a specific type of community engagement project I need to present?

No. The project needs to identify an issue/developmental opportunity in your community and aim to implement an ongoing solution (one-part that will be executed during the course of the program). We strongly encourage you to continue your community engagement projects after completing the program.

Is the program predominantly in English?

Yes, all blended learning sessions and assignments are conducted in English, we highly recommend that you have a working and professional knowledge of English before applying to the program. The rollout of French will commence in 2023.

After completion of the program, what benefits will I receive as a ShE Leader?

After successfully completing the ShE program, you will join the Alumni Network of AMI Ambassadors and Leaders. As an alumna of the program you can become a mentor to incoming ShE Leaders, Attend and/or co-host AMI related events and sessions in your country, continue your work with Africa Matters as our AMI Intern; Facilitate Africa Matters flagship programs; become a ShE Application Reviewer and/or Interviewer, Attend Future Residential Summit and/or AMI related events (if funding is available) and so much more.