Every year, Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) produces a report, which summarises the progress made by African countries regarding women's rights and gender equality on the continent during each year of the African Women's Decade 2010-2020.


The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of women's rights situation in Africa. It is a way of keeping track of the progress made on the continent and will thus function as a resource for developments throughout the decade. It is also an important tool when advocating for change, as developments regarding progress on gender issues will be made available.

In past years, the African Women’s Decade Report tracked progress on different issues affecting women. However, this year, we are moved to focus solely on one area: “Governance and Legal Protection: Women’s Participation in Political and Electoral Processes”This year’s African Women’s Decade report will look at the number of women in political positions, prove a standing of women in parliament and assemblies in all 55 African countries. The report will also analyse the standing in comparison with previous years and conduct research on gender quotas in these countries, addressing any changes that have occurred in the previous years.

For its 2017, Make Every Woman Count is seeking interns/volunteers to work on its flagship report to assist with research, data collection on women’s political participation in Africa.

The Interns/volunteers will assist with the preparation and publication of the African Women’s Decade report 2017, track and report on progress African countries are making in the area of women’s rights and gender equality.

This is a largely desk related research and write up, utilising credible sources including UN information as well as national reports, policies, laws. This is a very rewarding experience to be involved in research, writing and analysis, monitoring women's rights in Africa during the African Women's Decade.

Interns/Volunteers Duties

Specific internship/volunteers duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, data collection and write up of the report
  • Assist with the preparation and publication of the African Women’s Decade monitoring report2017;
  • Track and report on progress African countries are making in the area of women’s human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Conduct a comprehensive desk review and analysis of the status and implementation of laws and policies and practices on women’s rights in Africa particularly on women’s political participation and leadership.


  • Highly motivated with a strong interest or background on women related issues or studies/work in Africa
  • Possess strong research and writing skills
  • Proven working experience on issues related to gender;
  • Previous experience in desk and/or literature reviews on gender, development, human rights or any related area;
  • Excellent ability to work independently;
  • Capacity to analyse complex data and information and present it in an effective and concise way;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and work with people from different cultural background;
  • Be good at writing, proofreading and have strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent ability to read, analyse and write documents, articles, etc.
  • Good problem-solving and inter-personal skills;
  • Able to meet tight deadlines;

Application Details

This internship is unpaid and home-based (which makes it quite flexible as you can work from anywhere around the world).

The internship requires a commitment of 3 months

If you are interested in this position, please send us your CV and a Cover Letter with a writing sample of 800 words minimum.

Please send a separate cover letter not email. In the cover letter, please detail why you want to be a research intern/volunteer with MEWC, your objectives and career goals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application Deadline: 

The Deadline is Monday 21th August 2017 - We will review applications on a rolling basis

Starting Date: Early September

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