DTI 2016 Application


PLEASE NOTE: Applications have now closed for DTI 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by April 10, 2016.

21 November to 7 December, 2016
Havana, Cuba


The DAWN Training Institute, a three-week intensive training programme for young feminist activists and advocates was launched in 2002. The programme draws on DAWN’s feminist analysis which interlinks issues under the themes of Political Economy of Globalisation (PEG), Political Ecology and Sustainability (PEAS), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Political Restructuring and Social Transformation (PRST). Its contents also reflect the network’s considerable experience in UN conference processes and other sites of engagement and struggle, including the global civil society movement against neoliberal economic globalisation, as well as regional, sub-regional and national processes. 

This DTI is happening at a time when the Post 2015 development agenda has been finally agreed. The period since the last DTI in 2011 has also seen the twentieth year reviews for UN Conference on environment and development (UNCED) Rio in 1992 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994 and the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. We have also seen the holding of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in July 2015. The agreements and outcomes of these conferences have placed us in a new development framework which will be valid for the next decade and more. DAWN engaged very actively in these processes along with other feminist organisations, as part of larger civil society groupings. 

DAWN has described the first decade of the 21st century as the painful birthing of a “fierce new world” in light of the paradigmatic shifts induced by a run-away neoliberal globalization; a militarized and financialized political economy; a crisis in climate and other natural systems; a deepening food crisis; an energy crisis from fossil-fuel dependence; the decline of the nation-state and the reconfiguration of the geopolitical context.

These crises have generated heated debates on the restructuring of global governance. Pressures to respond to these challenges in all their complexities have come to preoccupy sovereign nations and the peoples they govern. At the same time, these nations and peoples struggle to uphold values associated with sustainable livelihoods, poverty eradication, human rights promotion, freedom of expression and mobility, respect for identity and sexuality.

DAWN recognizes this developing multilateral terrain as part of a fierce new world that is replete with complicated contradictions, serious fractures, severe backlash, broken promises, and uncertain outcomes for the world’s women, especially women from the economic South. There is an urgent need for women’s and civil society organizations to critically engage with these debates and advocate strongly for a world where economic, political and ecological justice are firmly embedded in gender justice.

The fifth DAWN Training Institute will be held in Havana, Cuba from 21 November – 7 December, 2016. 


The training Institute will be held over a period of three weeks. Participants should be prepared for an intensive training programme, involving prior and regular reading during the programme, journal writing, and participation in exercises.


  • to build the capacity of young feminist activists from Southern countries, especially in understanding linkages between different issues and advocacy agendas, particularly those concerned with gender justice in its multiple and inter-linked dimensions – economic, political, ecological, social and personal.
  • to strengthen feminist advocacy work at global and regional level; and to deepen analysis in some complex areas. 
  • to prepare young feminists for the challenges entailed in working for gender justice in the present global geopolitical and economic context, with a particular focus on the implementation of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.


  • Only applications from the economic South will be considered.
  • This training programme is intended for young women, including young trans-women. Preference will be given to those who are/will be working with civil society organizations and social movements promoting gender justice.
  • The applicant’s activist, professional, work experience, as well as future plans will be considered during selection. 
  • Applicants must be able to communicate in written and spoken English.
  • Regional representation will be taken into account.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 25 to 35 years.


Applications must be received by DAWN by December 1, 2015. 


Only successful applicants will be notified. If you have been selected as part of the first selection list, you will hear from us by April 10, 2016.


The language of instruction and discussion will be English.


Participants are responsible for their own luggage, accident and medical insurance as the organisers will not be responsible for these such costs. Participants will be expected to have adequate health insurance coverage and, if selected, provide a copy of the insurance certificate.