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The WEI Stephanie Ortoleva Legal Internship, established in 2022, is awarded each summer to a law student who demonstrates dedication to advancing human rights at the intersection of gender and disability.
Stephanie Ortoleva, a renowned human rights attorney and feminist activist – and a woman with a disability herself, founded Women Enabled International (WEI) in 2012 to bridge a gap between mainstream gender and disability rights movements and create a global, inclusive, human rights advocacy organization that uses legal strategies to achieve transformative equality.
During her 10-year tenure as Executive Director of WEI, Stephanie led the organization’s growth and development, recruited a diverse and talented team, established a dynamic portfolio of programs, and built a reputation for integrity and collegiality. She also prioritized cultivating aspiring human rights attorneys and personally mentored WEI interns and fellows each year.
We are proud to offer this paid internship to honor Stephanie’s legacy and carry forth her commitment to strengthening the pipeline of leaders working at the intersection of gender and disability.
Watch the announcement of the internship and the impactful legacy of WEI Founder, Stephanie Ortoleva by a former intern, Khawla Wakkaf. The video was shared during WEI’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 20th, 2022.