The Women, Peace and Security Programme is very excited to have such a dynamic team, coming from various regions around the world with diverse backgrounds and interests. We are pleased to work with Alexandra Rojas, Nela Abey and Sarah Tunnell in for 2016-2017.
Alexandra is joining us from Union, NJ. She graduated with her Master's in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. Alexandra's master thesis consisted of helping create and launch a sports magazine for female sports fans called Fan First. She also has a BA in English and Spanish from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J.
She’s passionate about how communication influences how people perceive information about women around the world and highlighting issues that many people aren’t talking about. For example, Alexandra used her role as a journalist with the Central New York Business Journal to highlight minority women who own small businesses that were thriving in the Central New York community.
Alexandra became a fellow because she wants to be an additional platform for the awesome women who want to be a part of the peacebuilding process in their designated countries. She hopes to use role as a way to break down complicated concepts and create empathy. Her hobbies include reading large novels that weigh down her backpack and practicing yoga.
Nela is joining us from Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about human rights, international community development and about changing the status quo in areas such as women’s rights.
Nela holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Justice and Criminology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She most recently completed an internship with the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT, investigating and working on cases of wrongful conviction in Australia. Her final research project focused on Indigenous overrepresentation and wrongful conviction in an Australian context.
Nela has long been passionate about human rights, women’s rights and international development. Previously, she has worked with the Cancer Council Victoria’s CBD Relay for Life team in communications, planning and team development, volunteered with Amnesty International Australia and worked with community organizations tutoring students. The intersection of her interests and experiences led her to PeaceWomen where she will be working in communications and research. She is looking forward to new challenges and hopes to continue building her knowledge of women, peace and security
Sarah joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from Austin, Texas. She holds an MSc in Global Crime, Justice, and Security from the University of Edinburgh School of Law, and a BA in International Relations from Texas State University. Her academic research included topics such as human trafficking, gender-based claims to asylum, the rights of indigenous persons, and international criminal law, among others. She wrote her graduate dissertation on Police Reform in India and her undergraduate thesis on Youthful Participants in Terrorism.
After years of studying the themes of the WPS agenda, Sarah received her formal introduction to WILPF when Madeleine Rees became an honorary graduate alongside Sarah's graduating class at the University of Edinburgh, and spoke about the vital work WILPF and PeaceWomen accomplish around the world. A passionate proponent of intersectional feminism and human rights, Sarah is elated to join the PeaceWomen team as Security Council Monitor in Fall 2016. Sarah spends her free time thinking about travel, dreaming about travel, and ultimately- crying about how little money she has to travel.
Apply for a PeaceWomen Fellowship/Internship
Are you interested in peace, disarmament, and gender justice? Join our team!
The Women, Peace and Security Internship and Fellowship Programme, based in New York City, is an unpaid position offered to current graduate students, recent graduates or professionals with expertise and background in gender, human security, and international peace and security issues.
This programme targets young professionals and academics interested in the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in an effort to provide professional development skills and opportunities for engagement with civil society on the implementation of the WPS Agenda at the local, national, and international level. Categories currently being recruited are:
- Uited Nations and Security Council Monitor Fellow/Intern (1 May 2017 is a preferred start date).
- Communications Fellow/Intern (1 May 2017 is a preferred start date).
The Women, Peace and Security Programme is a programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the longest-serving women's peace organisation, founded in 1915. The Women, Peace and Security Programme has three pillars of work: Accountability, Inclusive Participation and Conflict Prevention. Our work includes a wide range of tools and projects, from policy advocacy at the United Nations (i.e. Security Council; General Assembly) to capacity building and outreach on a local level, including with WILPF sections and partners; the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security, and others.
We work to advance the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda through our mission, team, partners, strategy, and outreach. Women, Peace and Security Programme advocates for complete stigmatisation of militarisation; holistic implementation of the WPS Agenda and a feminist foreign policy; and accountability through monitoring and evaluation of international entities and systems.
Women, Peace and Security Programme's Projects
Fellows will be responsible for at least one of the Women, Peace and Security Programme's projects, while also working together across the board as part of the Women, Peace and Security Programme's team. Projects include:
The United Nations and Security Council Monitor (UNSCM) is the project that provides comprehensive and up to date information on all Security Council's work and other international forums, including the Commission on the Status of Women, High-Level political Forum, and General Assembly General Debates. The fellow attends and monitors Security Council debates and related events, writes policy analysis, posts monitoring information on the website and provides WILPF staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with the UN Member States.
The purpose of this analysis is to inform WILPF's advocacy. Persistent gaps that are highlighted by the UNSCM later serve as a basis for WILPF campaigns, convenings, projects, publications (read more about our Scorecard project: http://www.peacewomen.org/scorecards).
National Action Plan (NAP) Monitoring: This project includes maintaining and developing Member States section of PeaceWomen.org to provide consistent and comprehensive information about national and regional action plans (NAPs and RAPs) and on translating global commitments on Women, Peace and Security into practice. The position involves working with Women, Peace and Security Programme's staff to provide information that allows timely and relevant advocacy by WILPF sections and national partners to strengthen action and impact.
General research and website support: All interns and fellows will be also responsible for maintaining regional and thematic sections of the PeaceWomen website. Fellows will post resources, initiatives and events to their respective sections and share via social media daily, as well as responsible for maintaining the World Map section of the website. Each Fellow is provided with a regional assignment. The regions and countries are listed online.
Communications: Communications fellows edit our monthly news publication, format and help write and edit reports, oversee social media and social strategy and assist in producing press releases and other communications materials.
Please note that we are unable to provide work visas for this position.
How to apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning in April 2017.
All applicants must submit AS ONE PDF document the following:
1. Resume: indicating education, relevant past activities and experience
2. Cover Letter (1 page, single-spaced), including availability (start/end date and days/week).
3. Contact information for 3 references.
4. Writing Sample that highlights understanding and knowledge of issues relating to women, peace and security (no more than 5 pages and in English please).
Please submit your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a subject line of "PeaceWomen 2017 Fellowship Application" and attach all application materials as a single PDF. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until slots are filled; please be sure to indicate which category you wish to apply for.