The Women, Peace and Security Programme is very excited to have such a dynamic team, coming from all around the world with diverse backgrounds and interests. We are pleased to work with Ines Boussebaa, Alexandra Rojas, Anne Lescure and Anwar Mhajne in 2017-2018.
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.
Alex is joinin the team as a Knowledge Development Fellow. 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.
Anne joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from Rennes, France. She holds an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BA in International Relations from King’s College London (KCL). Her academic research included human rights, terrorism and international law. She wrote her final Masters paper on the Pacific Islands’ Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, with a special focus on women’s inclusion in Parliaments in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands.
Anne is extremely excited to join the WILPF team as a Security Council Monitor from June 2017. She is very passionate about women’s political involvement at the local and national level and hopes to help provide a platform for their voices to be heard. Anne spends her free time reading French poetry, travelling and dreaming to become an American citizen.
Ines joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from Paris, France. She recently graduated from Boston University with a B.A. & B.S. in International Relations and Journalism. Her academic research focused on North Africa and the Middle East, as well as International Systems and World Order.
Ines is extremely excited to join the WILPF team as a Communications Fellow. She is passionate about women's roles in situations of conflict, as well as how women's issues are portrayed in the media. She hopes to learn more on these subjects during this fellowship. Ines spends her free time running, hiking, travelling and reading.
Anwar Mhajne is a Palestinian-Israeli. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department Political Science at the University of Cincinnati (UC). She received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from UC, where she completed her thesis entitled: Women’s Political Participation in Egypt’s Arab Spring Uprising: “Bargaining with Patriarchy” and the Deployment of Feminine Identities. The thesis examines how women utilize motherhood narratives to legitimize their participation in the recent Egyptian uprisings. Her dissertation examines the interaction between the political opportunity structure in Egypt and the Muslim Sisterhood’s activism between 2010 and 2014. While at UC, Mhajne taught two online courses, Introduction to International Relations and Citizenship and Terrorism. She served as a teaching assistant for multiple classes such as American Politics, Political Inquiry, and Comparative Politics. Mhajne also worked as a research assistant on projects that examine topics addressing the intersection of politics, religion, gender, and social media.
Mhajne is the first graduate student representative on the executive committee of the International Studies Association Women’s Caucus. She served as the president of the Political Science Graduate Student Association. Mhajne attended the 60th and 61st Commission on the Status of Women as a delegate for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Mhajne is a Graduate School Fellow. Last year, she was a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow. Currently, Mhajne is a Dean Dissertation Fellow and a Security Council Monitor Fellow. She presented her research at various conferences including the International Feminist Journal of Politics, the Midwest Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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. We intend 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:
- a United Nations and Security Council Monitoring Fellowship
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. The 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, and are 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.