Call for Applicants: the 7th EGEP (2014 Winter)

7th Ewha Global Empowerment Program (2014 Winter)   “Transnational Feminisms and Women’s Activism”   Application Submission: Sept. 22 ~ Oct. 7, 2014   January 6 ~ 20, 2015 Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea   EGEP is a two-week residential educational program that takes place twice a year (summer and winter) offered by Ewha Womans University. As stipulated in the MOU between Ewha Womans University and the UN Women, this 7th EGEP aims to promote education for women and gender equality in Asia by empowering women working in non-governmental public sectors and by nourishing the next generation of women leaders. Despite continued efforts toward gender equality and sustainable development by women’s activists and international institutions, including the UN Women, violence against women is still rampant, posing a serious threat to human rights. Violence against women varies from typical and manifest phenomena, such as sexual violence, domestic violence, prostitution, discrimination against sexual minorities, child marriage, and war rape, and to everyday and conventional forms like commercials commodifying women’s bodies. Moreover, with the deepening of economic globalization, polarization, and the growth-oriented industrialization, violence against women has been taking on a transnational scope, demanding a transnational solution, based on women’s solidarity across national borders. Indeed, EGEP is a platform for education, knowledge production and practices by and for women activists who are challenging and changing the world. We expect many women activists to apply for this program.       Program Goals     On completing this program, participants will have:     improved their theoretical knowledge and practical capacities from a gender perspective;     broadened their understanding of women’s lives, women’s issues, and human rights in Asian context; and     strengthened their leadership capacities to build women’s solidarity and make change  in local, national, and transnational contexts.   Programs     While a more specific EGEP curriculum will be provided separately, the following are the major activities that participants may expect from the program:     Lecture Seminars                     Open Forum     Action Plans     Social Hours     Study Tours to Korean NGOs     Cultural Events   Eligibility     With minimum three years of experience, women activists who are working in international and national non-governmental public sectors in Asia, such as NGOs, NPOs, civil society organizations, including individuals who are working independently and are interested in various issues on violence against women or human rights, may apply for this program.   Number of Participants: 20~25   Selection Criteria     The selection committee will evaluate the applicants based on the following criteria:     field experience                                                                         25%     expertise in women’s issues                                                 25%     potential as next generation of women leaders             25%     contribution to the community                                           25%   Application Requirements     Application Form     Curriculum Vitae     Statement of Purpose     Essay     Letter of Recommendation   Language     English is the official language of the EGEP.   Funding     Ewha Womans University provides funding to cover fees for the tuition, accomodations, and a two-week allowance for all the participants. Funds for a roundtrip airfare in economy class will be awarded only to the participants from ODA beneficiary countries. No other costs, such as visa fee or domestic transformation, will be covered by Ewha.   Contact Us     For more information, please visit the website of the organizing institution, Asian Center for Women’s Studies, at or contact us via email at     Note: 1.       All application forms except the application form are downloadable at and application should be submitted online at the same webpage. The application form should be filled in at the same page. 2.      Successful candidates will be informed individually via e-mail on November 7, 2014. 3.    Every selected participant is required to submit by November 30, 2014, a 5-page paper regarding your activities or issues on violence against women and human rights, including its abstract and PPT, which will be presented in the international Open Forum.