Media Defense invites applications for the East Africa Women Litigation Surgery on Online Violence against Journalists in 2022.
This program is open to women lawyers based in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It emphasizes on the right to freedom of expression and digital rights.
This litigation surgery will be the first litigation training within the new project Empowering Women in Digital Rights Advocacy. It is also designed for women lawyers with demonstrated interest in building foundational knowledge around freedom of expression and litigating digital rights in East Africa.
Worth of Award
- Successful applicants will be provided with learning materials.
- They will also be invited to participate in the in-person East Africa Women Litigation Surgery in Nairobi, Kenya from August 23 – 25, 2022.
- Participants will become active members of the Media Defence network. This network will provide opportunities for engagement regionally and internationally in order to develop a sustainable network of women lawyers.
Participants will be selected on the following criteria:
- Women lawyers who work and reside in the aforementioned states;
- Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of freedom of expression, digital rights, internet freedom and/or related issues;
- Applicants must be proficient in English;
- The women lawyers can either be working in private practice or be working for or be affiliated with NGOs. These are NGOs that promote the right to freedom of expression in East Africa through litigation. Exceptionally strong applications from lawyers who have not yet undertaken freedom of expression work, but have experience litigating other human rights cases and have a strong interest in undertaking freedom of expression work will be considered as well;
- With their application, applicants are requested to submit a case study of a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate and that could be discussed during the litigation surgery. However, it will be sufficient for participants who do not have a case that is pending to have identified a relevant law, practice or policy relating to online freedom of expression that they would like to challenge in court. Such participants must demonstrate their ability and willingness to pursue the case after the surgery;
How to Apply
Deadline: The deadline for applications is June 27, 2022.