Women Enabled International educates and advocates for the human rights of all women and girls, with a special focus on women and girls with disabilities, in collaboration with organizations of women and girls with disabilities worldwide. Women Enabled International focuses on human rights programming and training in developing, transition, and post-conflict countries, as well as consulting for governments, non-governmental organizations and international organizations to ensure the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in international policy and development program design and implementation. Through advocacy and education, Women Enabled International, Inc. has increased the profile of the importance of addressing issues such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive rights, access to justice, and more, and their impact on women with disabilities. Additionally, Women Enabled International, Inc. takes these principles and implements them on the ground through in-country projects and collaborations with partners.
Social Media & Press Relations Intern Women Enabled International seeks an unpaid intern. We are looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic individual who can commit to working a minimum of 15 – 20 hours per week. Although Women Enabled International is headquartered in Washington, DC, a mature and committed intern can work remotely and communicate with the organization online via Skype, email and phone. This is a unique opportunity to work in an innovative, rapidly growing nonprofit organization, gain and improve skills, and gain experience working in collaboration with others. Read complete position description.
Stephanie Ortoleva at the United Nations during a treaty negotiations session. Photo by Tom Olin.
Stephanie Ortoleva, the Founder and President of Women Enabled International is a highly recognized international human rights lawyer, policy and development consultant, author and researcher on issues of women's rights, disability rights and the rights of women and girls with disabilities. She educates and advocates for the human rights of all women and girls, with a special focus on women and girls with disabilities and collaborates on in-country projects with organizations of women and girls with disabilities worldwide. She has extensive experience in human rights programming and training in developing, transition, and post-conflict countries, as well as consulting for governments, non-governmental organizations and international organizations.
As a woman with a disability herself, Stephanie brings the development, academic and legal perspectives to her work as well as her personal experience as a woman with a disability. She has numerous scholarly publications regarding women's rights, disability rights, sexual and reproductive rights, access to justice, violence against women, conflict and post-conflict situations, electoral and political reform, and rule of law. Her papers can be found on the Social Science Research Network at and here on the Women Enabled International website.
Previously Stephanie served as an attorney and human rights officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she served on U.S. Government Delegations at international multilateral venues regarding disability rights and women's rights and she received several honors for her work. Stephanie received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law with outstanding academic honors. To read a more detailed biography of Stephanie Ortoleva, click here.
Women Enabled International's own President and Founder, Stephanie Ortoleva, was honored on May 2nd by Women’s eNews at their New York City Gala, as a leader for the 21st Century. During the event, Stephanie was recognized as a leader who "…has made it her mission to change the rules that constrict the lives of women and girls across the globe." Watch a short excerpt of Stephanie's acceptance speech from the gala here:
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President and Founder
Women Enabled International, Inc.
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