SAHR Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowships

SAHR Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowships

SAHR Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowships

Strategic Advocacy Human Right (SAHR) has announced the call for applications for the Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowships.

The Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowship offers aspiring female and gender-non conforming human rights lawyers and activists a paid opportunity to take on a sexual based violence or discrimination case with mentorship and support from an expert human rights lawyer.

Fellows will identify a specific case of sexual based violence or discrimination and then execute a chosen intervention towards justice, reparations, and accountability.

Fellows will execute a chosen intervention towards justice, reparations, and accountability. The awarded fellows will learn critical legal skills including fact-finding, collecting and documenting evidence, building a case, and drafting claims and petitions.

The goal is to think and work like a lawyer to hold offending persons and institutions accountable, while shedding light on the abuses.

Fellows will work on their case a minimum of 20 hours / week for a duration of six months.

SAHR will work with the fellow to:

  • Develop the cause of action
  • Analyse the violations vis-à-vis national and international laws
  • Fact-find and collect evidence
  • Craft legal arguments rooted in gender-equitable interpretations of religious, national and international laws and draft letters of claims and petitions
  • Map out counter-arguments to anticipate backlash and rebuttals;
  • Execute the chosen intervention.

    Fellows can expect to develop the following skills:

  • Command over the laws relating to gender violence and discrimination. Knowledge of procedure for obtaining remedies.
  • Ability to use human rights jurisprudence to draft arguments and responses to challenge harmful gender and sexual stereotypes.
  • Capacity to lead a collective using survivor-centred approaches.

    At the same time, Fellows are expected to meet the following goals:

  • Shed light on ongoing abuses and bring forth alternative narratives in relation to these abuses.
  • Re-shape narratives based on the lived experience of survivors.
  • Elevate the voices and experiences of survivor-advocates who face violence and discrimination.


    Fellows (or group of Fellows if applying as such) will receive a total stipend of USD $3,000.00 to be disbursed in installments.

    The stipend can be used to cover personal and project-related expenses (including payment of a “salary”).

    Eligibility Criteria

    SAHR welcomes you to apply either as an individual or a group, so long as you:

  • Identify as a woman, trans or gender non-conforming person;
  • Are you a human rights defender accompanying survivors of widespread or systematic
  • Sexual and Gender-based violence on their quest for justice?

    SAHR welcomes cases involving survivors from under represented and under resourced communities who are rendered vulnerable by intersecting inequalities women and girls with disabilities, women and girls of colour, LGBTQIA2S community, afro-descendant, indigenous and immigrant girls and women, as well as those living in urban slum areas, rural areas, refugee camps, occupied territories and in conflict-affected settings.

  • Are leading an ongoing project on interpersonal and institutional prejudice (or have a clear idea for one);
  • Are in contact with or can readily access survivors of sexual and reproductive rights discrimination/violence for the project;
  • Can connect the concerning violation to institutional action or negligence (either by the state or non-state actor);
  • Can demonstrate that a strong command of the law and ability to use legal or other accountability procedures are essential to your project;
  • Are based in or have significant ties to survivors in the Global South;
  • Are proficient in English and the local language or dialect which survivors speak;
  • Have experience in community organizing or activism

    Additionally, you will be given preferential consideration if:

  • You are below the age of 40 at the time of applying
  • You can demonstrate how you will use what you learn through this Fellowship to advance gender justice in your future professional endeavors
  • You have been directly affected by gender discrimination and/or violence.
  • You have or are seeking a career in law or legal-based activism.

    Apply by 15th August.

    For more information and application details, see; SAHR Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowships

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