Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) is looking for an experienced writer to produce a ‘Global Report on the State of Affairs of Women Human Rights Defenders’. This report will draw on the analyses of member organisations of the WHRD IC over the last 5 years, as well as case studies of individual and groups of WHRDs.

Overview of the Project:

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) has identified the need to undertake an assessment of the situation of women human rights defenders since the International Campaign on Women Human Rights Defenders was launched. This research will contribute to review the impact of the campaign, and provide a general overview on the situation of women human rights defenders in different countries.

Intended for women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and policy makers, the Global Report will be developed as a resource to inform policy advocacy on the concerns of women human rights defenders.

The objective is to carry out a qualitative assessment of the general situation of WHRDs, analysing the contextual trends, violations and strategies used to advance the concerns of women human rights defenders.

Scope

Using existing literature produced by members of the Coalition and Claiming Rights, Claiming Justice: A Guidebook on Women Human Rights Defenders as a reference document, the report will:

  • analyse the major contextual trends influencing the situation of women human rights defenders;
  • identify violations (gender-specific violations and gendered consequences including structural forms of discrimination that violate the rights of women human rights defenders;
  • illustrate through case studies strategies that have been used to advance the concerns of women human rights defenders.

    The study will cover the periods since there has been little focus on WHRDs prior to the launch of the campaign.

    The Working Group

  • The 14 members of the Working Group are:
  • Amnesty International (AI);
  • Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD);
  • Association for Women in Development (AWID);
  • Forum Asia;
  • Front Line;
  • International Service for Human Rights (ISHR);
  • Isis International;
  • ISIS-Women’s international Cross Cultural Exchange (ISIS WICCE);
  • Information Monitor (INFORM);
  • International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH);
  • Peace Brigade International (PBI);
  • Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF);
  • Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML); World Organisation against Torture (OMCT). Forum Asia coordinates the group.

    Timeline

    The production of the Global Report will be completed as follows:

  • 1st of October (or earlier, if possible) – 14th of October: Writer will produce first draft outline with description of contents.
  • 14th to 20th of October: Members of the working group will provide feedback and agree to outline.
  • 20th of October to 15th of November: Writer will produce final draft in close collaboration with working group members.
  • December: Editing, layout and printing

    Essential skills and knowledge

  • In depth knowledge of the challenges faced by WHRDs and strategies for combating them;
  • Proven ability as researcher and writer;
  • Ability to manage a process of requesting and incorporating comments from contributors;
  • Self motivated and ability to complete tasks on time;
  • High level written and spoken English

    To apply please send:

  • Cover letter of no more than 1 page indicating how your experience relates to the above qualifications and your compensation expectations (you will be offered a consultancy contract and would be expected to work one and a half month max.).
  • Your CV
  • Previous writing example (1000 words max)
    Send completed applications to: Philippa Smales: Philippa@apwld.org

    No phone calls please. Only email and faxed applications will be accepted.

    We thank all who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The WHRD IC encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work.

    For more information, visit: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

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