2019 SOCIAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP
Nominations and Applications Now Open!
From March to October, 2019, Resolve Foundation will convene and provide support to 20 extraordinary and diverse individuals from the community as part of the second cohort of our annual social justice fellowship program. This year’s theme is on ending gender-based violence (GBV). Our fellowship combines leadership development, human rights education and campaigning skills. Nominate someone or apply directly today!
If you know someone who you think would benefit from this fellowship, nominate them as a candidate and we will reach out to them.
If you are interested to be considered as a candidate for our 2019 fellowship, make sure to fill out your application by January 30, 2019.
After taking a look at this page, make sure you also read our Frequently Asked Questions before applying, which provides in-depth information.
What previous fellows say about our program
"Resolve is a community that helped to foster my growth. The fellowship allowed me to meet people I would not have met otherwise. I was able to learn concrete skills about organizing, storytelling, building a campaign and get hands-on experience as well."
VINCY | 2018 Fellow
"Resolve has been significant in the transformation of my leadership ability, giving life-changing opportunities that I haven’t got anywhere else before. I’ve also learned to be more strategic to avoid burnout and aware of my weaknesses and strengths to use them efficiently."
DARIUS | 2018 Fellow
Why we chose this theme
One of the most common human rights violations around the world occurs behind the closed doors of our homes, in the corridors of our schools and offices and in the virtual spaces of social media. It is an epidemic that cuts across borders and manifests itself physically, sexually, psychologically and economically.
According to UN Women, globally, more than one in three women experiences gender-based violence. In UN Office on Drugs and Crime found that Hong Kong, along with Japan, has the world’s highest rate of female homicide victims, at 52.9%. The health, financial and social costs of gender-based violence go beyond just those directly affected by it, causing insecurity and loss of productivity in communities.
Gender-based violence is violence that occurs because of normative role expectations associated with gender. Those affected by it are overwhelmingly women and girls, but it can also occur among people of other genders, including men and boys. In Hong Kong, as much or even more than in other places, it has gone largely unaddressed because of a culture of silence, permissiveness and denial. Yet, Hongkongers have started raising their voices and - among them - some community leaders who strive for a more gender equal Hong Kong.
(Read our full statement on the fellowship theme choice, in English and Chinese, below)
What does the fellowship include?
Fellows will attend eight interactive and dynamic group workshops designed to gain clarity on what they want to change and better understanding of strategies to make that change happen.
Each fellow will be paired with an advocate or community mentor to help them make the most of the program and reflect on their individual projects to advance gender equality in Hong Kong.
By the end of the fellowship, each fellow will develop and take action on an personal roadmap to overcome their own leadership challenge(s) to take their social justice work to the next level
Our 8 Inspirational Workshops
1 | Knowing ourselves
To work with others, we must first understand ourselves - how our life journey brought us to where we are today, what are our personality traits, strengths, challenges and motivators.
2 | Analyzing GBV
What is the state of GBV in Hong Kong, its root causes, and the legal and policy limits? How have others campaigned against it and how can we use human rights to advance the cause?
3 | Defining a vision
Social justice work has no easy wins. Before taking action, we must first plan what it is exactly that we want to change. Our aims should be realistic and strategic so that we can achieve them.
4 | Crafting your message
Influencing others is an art, requiring effective messaging and delivery. Communication has many different components so that we can speak so others want to listen to what we are saying.
5 | Making yourself heard
To amplify our message, we have a range of tools and tactics at our disposal - from community meetings, government consultations, legislative forums, the press and social media and more.
6 | Mobilizing resources
When we are working to build momentum, we often need more people and resources. How can we leverage what we already have and find the actors and means to get more to advance?
7 | Adapting your strategy
When things don’t work out the way we expect, we need to have a Plan B. Sometimes we need to compromise on our original vision and be willing to adapt and negotiate to find a solution.
8 | Leading for change
Let’s put it all together. What does social justice leadership look like in the context of our own personal roadmaps. How can we be accountable to ourselves and others along the way?
Who Can Apply and How
This program is not just for women and/or survivors of gender-based violence. We are committed to welcoming a diverse and representative group of fellows, and we encourage you to apply no matter your gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability status, religion or other characteristics. Below are the four eligibility criteria that apply:
Be currently based in Hong Kong and planning to be in Hong Kong and available the whole duration of the fellowship from March to October 2019.
Be available to attend Sunday workshops and one mentoring session every 3 to 5 weeks from March to October 2019 (minimum 85% attendance).
Possess an English level that allows you to understand presentations given at a reasonable speaking pace, express your ideas in simple ways and feel comfortable speaking to other people in English. We do not expect you to be a native English speaker.
Be over the age of 18 years old at the start of the fellowship March 2019.
Qualities We Look For
Are committed to end GBV in Hong Kong and want to take action.
While it is not required for candidates to have had a direct working experience on the issue of GBV before, we seek people who have some understanding of what gender-based violence is and are certainly passionate about advancing gender equality. They are able to show some commitment to the cause and some meaningful impact of giving back to the community.
Show potential for social justice leadership but could use more support.
We look for people who are talented and committed but who could benefit from inspiration, resources, know-how, a network and confidence to move from passion to greater action to deepen their social justice work. The program is for those who feel ready to seize experiential learning opportunities to scale up the impact of their community work, whatever pathway that might be.
Interested in personal growth and being a role model for others
Social justice work, to be truly sustainable and authentic, rests on leaders who not only value integrity but also have a good understanding of their strengths and areas of improvement. This self-awareness allows us to be sustainable in the long run as leaders. This is why we look for people who show humility and are able to articulate challenges when leading change and working with others.
Come from very different walks of life and backgrounds.
We look for people from different backgrounds, no matter their gender, whether they have been directly affected by gender-based violence or seek to be an ally in the movement for gender equality. We pay attention to people from disadvantaged and marginalized communities, and how the fellows complement each other as peers to bring diversity and representation to the cohort. .
2019 Fellowship Advisor, Media & Campaign
2019 Fellowship Advisor, Fellows' Engagement
Mooly Wong Mei-Ching
2019 Fellowship Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation
2019 Fellowship Advisor, Law & Policy