e-MPOWER: Call for applications to participate in online training programme

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A free online sexual health and rights training programme for youth!



The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), European Sex Workers Rights Alliance (ESWA [formerly ICRSE]), and Association Legebitra (Slovenia) invite a total of 20 youths (18-30 years) to attend the online e-MPOWER Training Programme from February to March 2022.


This 8-week long, twice a week (totalling 24 hours), online, modular training programme for young people is designed and delivered by a team of Peer Youth Trainers to provide sexual health education and personal development training for youth interested in learning more about the sexual and mental health needs of sex workers, people living with HIV, and LGBTI+ persons. 



The e-MPOWER Training Programme is hosted by EATG, ESWA and Association Legebitra as part of the project “Partnership to overcome challenges of online learning and to empower youth actors in the field of sexual health promotion, in the COVID-19 era” (e-MPOWER). This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.


Expected outcomes

EATG, ESWA, and Association Legebita intend to bring together and equip 20 young individuals from these populations with relevant knowledge and skills to become stronger sexual health and rights advocates and to support their communities.

Trainees will be connected with fellow youth activists as well as experts in the fields of sex workers’ rights, HIV treatment and prevention, and LGBTI+ mental health. After completing the full e-MPOWER Training Programme, Trainees will receive a certificate of completion.


Who should apply?

The e-MPOWER Training Programme is intended for youth (18-30 years) activists belonging to key populations (sex workers, people living with HIV, and LGBTI persons) who are already involved in, or looking to become more active in the field of sexual health.


In addition, the desired Trainee profile is as follows:

  • Must be located in an Erasmus + Programme Country.
  • Be 18-30 years old.Identify with at least one of the target populations.
  • Ability to contribute to discussions on sensitive topics in a respectful and safe manner.
  • Good English oral and writing skills.
  • Willingness to learn and share ideas with peers.
  • Motivation and interest in learning more about peer-to-peer activism.
  • Familiarity with online meeting tools (Zoom).


Trainings will be held in English and take place online (Zoom).

The programme consists of four training modules that will combine distance learning elements such as webinars, reading assignments, online discussion, and homework. Trainees are expected to attend and participate in a minimum of 13 training sessions (out of 16).

The training modules will cover the following topics below. Please note that the allocation of the topics to the modules might change, but the dates remain fixed:


e-MPOWER Online Training Dates 
Introduction Session
Welcome to e-MPOWER!
Tuesday 8 February
18:00-19:30 CET
Module 1: History and Terminology

(basic definitions, concepts, etc.)

Friday 11 February
18:00-19:30 CET
Wednesday 16 February
15:00-16:30 CET
Friday 18 February

15:00-16:30 CET

Wednesday 23 February

18:00-19:30 CET

Module 2: Mental Health
(Specific mental health needs and challenges experienced by key populations)
Friday 25 February
18:00-19:30 CET
Wednesday 2 March

15:00-16:30 CET

Friday 4 March

15:00-16:30 CET

Tuesday 8 March

18:00-19:30 CET

Module 3: Human Rights and Censorship

(Online and offline threats to privacy and safety)

Friday 11 March

18:00-19:30 CET

Wednesday 16 March

15:00-16:30 CET

Friday 18 March

18:00-19:30 CET

Module 4: Activism and Advocacy

(Solidarity and networking for change)

Wednesday 23 March

15:00-16:30 CET

Friday 25 March

12:00-13:30 CET

Monday 28 March

18:00-19:30 CET

Programme Wrap-Up and next stepsWednesday 30 March

18:00-19:30 CET


Application process

Interested candidates are invited to submit an online application form by 24 January 2022 (23:59 CET).

Decisions on selected candidates will be made by the e-MPOWER project partners. Brief interviews with selected candidates will take place between 25 January and 2 February 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rocco Pignata ().


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