Platform for like-minded people
Awaaz-e-Telangana is a year-long immersive programme aimed to empower passionate citizens with tools & networks to influence policy action and make a difference in public narrative. First cohort: 25 womxn | 6-day weekend learning lab begins from 9th Jan, 2021
WomComMatters, a group launched by Spurthi Kolipaka, is a group that has been advocating for a separate women's commission for over two years now and have finally tasted success.
On December 3, 2020, the Telangana High Court gave an ultimatum to the government that by December 31, a new chairperson for the commission needs to be appointed. Yet, they do believe they have a long way to go. And if you are willing, they are more than happy to welcome you onboard too as a fellow via their first-ever Awaaz-e-Telangana Fellowship.
The aim of the fellowship is to share the knowledge and experience and empower the women of Telangana. They wanted to start with women and transwomen, but men will be more than welcome to apply to their next edition.
Spurthi shares, "Over the last 30 months of #WomComMatters campaign, we have grown through significant learnings - what worked, what could have been better, which days to focus, which communities to collaborate with, etc. We now want to empower 25 women from Telangana with this knowledge, equip them with tools & network necessary to influence public narrative and policy action. All our fellows will work under the umbrella of #WomComMatters and lead campaigns related to womxn's safety, representation and participation."
Awaaz-e-Telangana fellowship has been designed with enthusiasts, champions, and advocates of gender equality in mind. With its year-long immersive program, it aims to nurture & empower passionate changemakers with learnings & tools to advocate and contribute towards a better society. With an objective to influence policy action and provide an informed perspective to public narrative, the selected fellows will learn to design, run effective campaigns and citizen movements for issues related to gender and governance.
The fellowship has distinct but interrelated journeys of change for both Men and Womxn. We acknowledge the differentiated experience of gender at the intersection of caste, class, and other constructs, therefore decided to conduct sessions separately for the cohort of womxn & men to ensure the participants learn & unlearn from inequity & power imbalances raised from their discourse and seek solutions to address gender disparity.
Awaaz-e-Telangana Fellowship is for any woman or transwoman between the ages of 16 to 50. The only asks are a stable internet connection and knowledge of both English and Telugu.
The young are already engaged and we believe that transformation can happen at any age. So after you send in your application, if accepted, you will be a part of an online focus group discussion and then proceed to a one-on-one interview. After this, the 25 chosen ones will attend a six-day weekend virtual Learning Lab and then, the year-long fellowship commences.
By the end of it, one will have the confidence and tools with which they can take on any challenge. The fellowship will prepare you for this by having you work on five petitions, five action plans and five campaign pitches collaboratively. Then, 25 individual narratives as to what you've learnt from it all follows. All this will really help those who are passionate about issues but aren't sure how to take it forward. The fellowship has distinct but interrelated journeys of change for both Men and Womxn. We acknowledge the differentiated experience of gender at the intersection of caste, class, and other constructs, therefore decided to conduct sessions separately for the cohort of women and men to ensure the participants learn and unlearn from inequity and power imbalances raised from their discourse and seek solutions to address gender disparity.
At its core, the fellowship aims to nurture fellows with
♦ technical & knowledge skills - how to draft petition, identify correct decision maker, storytelling, public narrative, social media campaigning, etc.
♦ personal development - seeking inner clarity, understanding our own biases, privileges, identities, etc.
♦ Community - how is a network different from a community, working together, etc.