FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, in partnership with the WMC FBomb, invites applications from young and budding storytellers to apply to its pilot project
'Young Feminist Media Fellowship.
This fellowship is meant for young storytellers who have a passion for and commitment to telling powerful and transformative stories about young feminist activism and the creative ways in which youth organizing is happening all over the world. The fellowship is an opportunity to gain insight into global feminist issues, receive guidance and feedback from experienced feminist journalists and an opportunity for the writers to have their stories published in a publication that has worldwide readership.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
Founded in 2010, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas across the globe. We believe in the collective power, expertise, and innovation of young feminist organizers to address root causes and structures of inequality in order to create lasting change in their communities. One of FRIDA's chief goals is to amplify and strengthen young feminist organizing.
The Women’s Media Center is a progressive, nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to raise the visibility, viability and decision-making power of women and girls in media and, thereby, ensuring that their stories get told and their voices are heard. They work toward media equality using interconnected strategies of research, original stories and articles, promotion of women experts and media training. Their FBomb a partner blog for the WMC was created by and for intersectional teen feminists and provides socially conscious youth with the personal and professional tool of a media platform. Founded by Julie Zeilinger in 2009, the WMC FBomb enables a dialogue among young feminists. The “FBomb” stands for “feminist.” It is loud, proud, sarcastic and passionate—everything young feminists are today.
WHY THIS FELLOWSHIP?
We believe that there is a dire need to tell stories of girls, young women and trans* youth resistance, by girls, young women and trans* youth.
All over the world, young feminist organizers are changing the paradigm of gender justice in the regions they live and the communities they work closely with. Young feminists are making, changing and shaping history through diverse and innovative tactics, new, creative feminist interventions and informal, non traditional strategies. We want these stories to be unearthed and shared with the world to not only build the movement but also build awareness and knowledge around the impact being created by young feminist activists.
FRIDA has a current grantee partner network of over 100 young feminist groups from all over the world who are organizing organizing every single day but do not get the recognition they deserve. The FBomb believes in amplifying the voices of feminist-minded young adults within a broader social justice dialogue by telling inspiring, intersectional stories and be the right platform and means for such stories to reach a wider audience.
Together, we think it’s time these stories are told in the local, national and international media. This is why, this year we are launching a pilot project 'Young Feminist Media Fellowship', as a way to counter dominant narratives that provide little to no space to achievements and accomplishments of young feminist organizers.
WHO CAN BE A FELLOW?
You are eligible to apply for this fellowship if you meet the following criteria:
● You are a young feminist (between the age of 18 and 30) with proven interest or activism in gender based issues in their local, national or in international contexts.
● You are a budding writer, publisher, visual artist or videographer.
● You will have some proven experience and have some sample pieces of your previous work to demonstrate it.
● You may be based anywhere in Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast and East Asia, the Pacific, The Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Central and North Asia and willing to travel in the pursuit of the story. Previous experience in journalism, writing, blogging, sketching, designing is welcome, but not compulsory. Applicants from Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand are not eligible to apply for this fellowship.
● You are proficient in the English language as the writing/designing will be done in English only. (We hope in the future we could offer in a different language). Knowledge of a second language is desirable, but not essential.
● Fellows belonging to marginalized identities–trans*, intersex individuals, gender non conforming, young people of color and people with disabilities–are particularly encouraged to apply.
FRIDA and FBomb will be selecting two fellows fellows who will be required to complete the fellowship in a period of three months. During the period, both fellows will be part of a hands-on learning program, in which they will have a chance to learn about young feminist issues, journalism, writing and publishing. During this time, they will be expected to produce a total of three pieces, at least one of these should be focused specifically on the work of a FRIDA grantee partner.
FRIDA will provide the database of grantee partner contacts, the fellow can choose to write about any number of them, based on their choice, preference, and geographical location. FBomb will support the fellows in providing guidance, writing tips, mentorship and editing support during the process of the story’s production. The story will be published on FBomb as well as FRIDA’s website and will be shared extensively via social media. At this pilot stage of the fellowship, we can only support stories told in the English language, but FRIDA can help support translation to one other FRIDA language (Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Mandarin), based on the context and location of the story.
The fellow is expected to work part time and will be paid a stipend of USD 500 USD for the three-month duration of the fellowship. As a fellow, you will be expected to decide how you’d like to utilize the stipend money in pursuit of your story.
WHO IS AN IDEAL FELLOW?
Anyone who has a passion for and commitment to storytelling. Someone who can think of non traditional and innovative ways to tell stories. Someone who is not afraid to experiment, is happy to learn and be pushed to produce sharper stories. Someone from a marginalised background, and hence having an edge to unpack marginalised issues in a better way. Someone who is willing to give the time needed to polish a story so that it finds its final shape as a strong and powerful one. Someone who looks at this fellowship opportunity as a means to gain knowledge, expertise and mentorship around storytelling. Someone passionate about making young feminist voices reach a wider audience.
WHAT IS AN IDEAL STORY?
We know that stories can be told in various ways–through personal anecdotes, in the form of a blog, listicle, as a feature story, in poetry or prose; or visually through art, design, illustration and doodles. So, we want fellows to look at this fellowship as a great way to receive guidance and support on developing the form and structure of a powerful story.
An ideal story can have any shape, form or structure but would essentially be sharp and edgy. For example, if you are a poet interested in reproductive justice, you might study and interview young feminist organizers working on access to abortion. You can then create a spoken word poetry performance to film, inspired by this group and/or issue
An ideal story would be factually correct, unbiased and throw new light on young feminist organizing. For example, if you are a writer interested in environmental justice, you might investigate the work of different groups of young feminist organizers and other activists fighting against extractive industries and write a feature story on this issue.
An ideal story would be remembered long after its told. Whatever form it takes, it would be engaging for readers. Some ideas include creating photo-essays to tell the story of body integrity and positivity, illustrating and/or creating animated gifs about youngfems combating sexual violence through self-defence. The story ideas and ways to tell these stories are endless!
MEET THE FELLOWS
We are no longer receiving applications for this fellowship. Thank you to everyone who applied; we were blown away by your passion and commitment to storytelling!