Media Defence Peer Support Programme for Women Lawyers in sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 30 September 2022.

Deadline: 30 September 2022.

Media Defence is calling for applications from women lawyers based in sub-Saharan Africa to participate in a peer support programme, aimed at women lawyers with demonstrated interest in digital rights, as well as in independent peer learning and peer support with fellow women lawyers.

The Media Defence Peer Support Programme will be the first such initiative within their new project Empowering Women in Digital Rights Advocacy. Media Defence aims to provide a platform for newly trained women lawyers to build their expertise and confidence, and to receive support on various issues relevant to women lawyers. At the same time, the peer support programme shall allow more experienced women lawyers to contribute to developing a strong professional network and to increase their competence and confidence by offering guidance to their peers.

The peer support programme designed as a one-to-one programme where one experienced lawyer matched with a newly trained lawyer taking into account their interests and backgrounds. Successful applicants then matched and commit to meeting with their partner once a month online over a course of 12 months from October 2022 to October 2023.

  • Participants will become active members of our Media Defence network, which will provide further opportunities for engagement regionally and internationally to develop a sustainable network of women lawyers.


Participants selected based on the following criteria:

  • The peer support programme is open to women lawyers who work and reside in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of freedom of expression, digital rights, internet freedom and/or related issues;
  • Previous attendance at one of Media Defence’s litigation surgeries.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English.
  • The women lawyers working in either private practice or working for or affiliated with NGOs promoting 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 considered as well
  • Potential for future collaboration with Media Defence.
  • Commitment to the continued engagement with the network of digital rights lawyers in the region.

A maximum of 24 participants will be selected. Media Defence is committed to equality and diversity therefore considers gender, age and country of origin in the selection of participants. Due to gender disparity in previous events and programmes, this event is exclusively for women lawyers.

How to apply
  • Complete the application form available here and submit it to Hanna Uihlein at The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified soon after the closing date.

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