updated Sept. 9, 2021
Women Enabled International (WEI) is now accepting expressions of interest from U.S.-based law students in their final year of school or recent law school graduates to partner in developing a proposal for a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) Design-Your-Own Fellowship that, if selected by EJW, would begin September 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to work on a project advancing rights for women, girls, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons with disabilities in the United States. The fellow would ideally be based in either Washington, D.C., Austin, T.X., or New York City, but other remote options in the U.S. will be considered.
Women and girls with disabilities—who account for at least 16% of all women and girls in the U.S.—disproportionately experience serious violations of their human rights, including gender-based violence, a lack of accessible and disability-sensitive gender-based violence services, lack of accessible, appropriate, and affordable sexual and reproductive healthcare, denial of legal capacity, denial of their right to parent, and barriers to accessing justice to vindicate their rights. These rights violations are further compounded for Black, indigenous, and people of color with disabilities and individuals with disabilities who experience discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet, there is no cohesive gender and disability movement in the U.S. focusing on these issues.
WEI will work closely with the selected individual to apply for the EJW fellowship, including developing a project proposal. Such a project would help support WEI’s ongoing work to organize women and nonbinary persons with disabilities in the U.S. to collectively address these critical issues. Activities within the scope of this ongoing work could include:
- Researching, mapping, and convening feminist disability advocates in the U.S., with a particular emphasis on intersectional identities;
- Assisting with coordinating and convening an alliance or network of U.S. advocates with disabilities who identify as women or nonbinary (the Alliance);
- Assisting with maintaining social media pages and communication channels to further the goals of the Alliance.
- Researching and writing factsheets, policy briefings, and know your rights materials on key issues; identifying the status of United States law, policy, and programs on these issues; and outlining relevant international and regional human rights standards;
- Identifying domestic, regional, and international advocacy opportunities for the Alliance, playing a lead role in implementing advocacy strategies, and fostering ongoing collaboration to promote progressive, intersectional messaging around priority issues;
- Brainstorming and designing pilot programs to advance the Alliance objectives (such as documentation of rights violations; Know Your Rights training programs; gender and disability trainings for diverse audience, such as: legal practitioners, government officials, and civil and human rights organizations);
- Supporting development efforts to implement pilot program activities; and
- Representing WEI at meetings and conferences. WEI will also consider working with the right candidate to develop an alternative project proposal to respond to critical issues for women, girls, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming people with disabilities in the U.S. Learn more about WEI’s critical issues and working methods here.
WEI will also consider working with the right candidate to develop an alternative project proposal to respond to critical issues for women, girls, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming people with disabilities in the U.S. Learn more about WEI’s critical issues and working methods here.
- Law degree from an Equal Justice Works Member Law School by September 2022.
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience with women’s rights, disability rights, and intersectionality.
- Ability to work with diverse communities and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Organizing experience is a plus.
- Capable of complex legal research and analysis, as well as high quality writing, editing, and advocacy skills.
- Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
- Proficiency in Spanish a plus, but not required.
- Candidates must also meet the Equal Justice Works requirements.
Some domestic and international travel may be required.
Compensation: Compensation is set by Equal Justice Works at $57,000 per year, plus benefits.
Please send a cover letter, resume, an unedited writing sample, and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Please reference “EJW Fellowship—Fall 2022” in the subject line of your email. Expressions of interest must be received no later than September 13, 2021, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until then. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview—no calls please.