Equal Justice Works Fellow Host Organization: U.S. Legal Fellow

added August 21, 2019

Women Enabled International (WEI) is now accepting applications from qualified law students or recent law school graduates to partner in developing a proposal for a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship to begin September 2020, based in either Washington, D.C. or New York City. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate on the development of WEI’s pilot U.S. Women with Disabilities Project.

Women and girls with disabilities in the United States—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, and barriers to accessing justice to vindicate their rights. These rights violations are further compounded for women of color with disabilities and individuals who experience discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet, there is no cohesive women with disability movement that focuses on the primary issues affecting women with disabilities in the United States.

The U.S. Legal Fellow with Women Enabled International would work with WEI to launch a pilot project to address this critical gap. Specifically, the fellow will:

  • Research and map feminist disability advocates in the U.S.;
  • Conduct consultations with women with disability advocates to identify priority issues of concern and define goals and objectives for a U.S. Women with Disabilities Network;
  • Research and write a white paper exploring key issues; identifying the current status of United States law, policy, and programs on these issues; and outlining relevant international and regional human rights standards;
  • Identify domestic, regional, and international advocacy opportunities for the Network, play a lead role in implementing advocacy strategies, and foster ongoing collaboration to promote progressive, intersectional messaging around priority issues;
  • Brainstorm and design pilot programs to advance Network objectives (such as Know Your Rights training programs; rights-based trainings for service providers, building on WEI/UNFPA-developed guidelines; etc.);
  • Support development efforts to implement pilot program activities; and
  • Represent WEI at meetings and conferences.


  • Law degree from an Equal Justice Works Member Law School by September 2020.
  • Demonstrated commitment to 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.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus, but not required.
  • Candidates must also meet Equal Justice Works requirements.

Some domestic and international travel may be required. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: Compensation is set by Equal Justice Works at $50,000 per year, plus benefits.

Duration: Two (2) years.


To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, an unedited writing sample, and contact information for three references to personnel@womenenabled.org. Please reference “U.S. Legal Fellowship—Fall 2020” in the subject line of your email.

Applications must be received no later than September 4, 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until then.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview—no calls please.


About Women Enabled International:

Our Mission:  Women Enabled International advances human rights at the intersection of gender and disability to: respond to the lived experiences of women and girls with disabilities; promote inclusion and participation; and achieve transformative equality.
Our Vision: Women Enabled International envisions a world where women and girls with disabilities claim human rights, act in solidarity and lead self-determined lives.

WEI is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. WEI encourages candidates of all races, genders and gender identities, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply. WEI is committed to working with individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of this position due to a disability or medical condition. 



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