2019 Coady Institute Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program

Deadline: June 17, 2019.

Coady Institute is partnering with the Nobel Women’s Initiative once again for the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program.

Over the past seven years, the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program has provided valuable advocacy and grassroots organizing training to incredible young women activists from around the world. The program supports young women’s rights activists in their international advocacy and media work. Participants learn and practice essential skills in a safe, supportive, and confidence-building environment.



Candidates must:
1. Be between the ages of 21 and 30.
2. Be able to read, write and discuss in English.
3. Be nominated by an organization and commit to working with this organization at least for a year.
4. Be available to fully participate in the residency program including in the weeks leading up to the program for visa application and program orientation requirements.
5. Be willing and available to travel to Ottawa, Canada for a six-week placement
at the Nobel Women’s Initiative offices (other Canadian travel will also be
organized within this time period).

6. Applications will be accepted from nominating organizations operating in conflict or
post-conflict countries in the South, with a preference given to the following
countries/regions: the Middle East and North Africa, Burma, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Great Lakes Region/East Africa, Liberia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.

7. Additionally, nominations are being accepted from First Nations, Métis and Inuit
organizations for the participation of a young Indigenous woman leader working on
social justice issues.



1. Six feminist peace activists will travel to Ottawa, Canada for a six-week communications and advocacy training from October 21 to November 29, 2019. One week during this period will be spent at Coady Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

2. Participants will work closely with Nobel Women’s Initiative, Coady Institute, and outside facilitators to build advocacy and communications skills, as well as to meet with experts working in related areas. Upon returning home, participants will continue to receive support from the Nobel Women’s Initiative team and Coady Institute for the period of December 2019 to April 2020.



1. Record of leadership within the community and work with civil society.

2. Demonstrated knowledge and interest in women’s rights, human rights, and
gender-based violence.

3. Strong English comprehension.

4. Strong ties to the nominating organization.

5. Superior character, demonstrated teamwork ability, interest in working with
and learning from others from different backgrounds and cultures.

6. High level of maturity, energy, and courage to withstand pressures of travel.




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