Call for Participation: Seeking Researchers and Women’s Organizations for UN Study!

Apply Now for the 2016-2017 Jackson Leadership Fellows Program!

hjflogo-150Last fall the Foundation launched its first cohort of Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows. We had an outstanding group of eight Fellows in our 2016 class. This program has exceeded our expectations many times over. The Fellows themselves have remarked on what an exceptional professional development program this has been for each of them. According to one Fellow, Tamara Power-Drutis:

“The Fellowship program has surrounded me with the tools and resources I need to become the most effective servant leader I desire to be: training and workshops to explore my leadership and team strengths and challenges; input and problem solving with the other fellows as we apply the principles we learn back into our professional worlds; regular mentorship to work through the questions and opportunities as I experience them, and a strong network that will continue to have a positive impact on me, my career, and our region.”

The application process for the 2016-2017 class of Jackson Leadership Fellows is now open. If you are a working professional 40 years old or under, please consider applying for the Fellows program. If you know someone who meets this description, please nominate them. You can learn more about the Fellows program activities here, and download an application or a nomination form. The deadline to submit an application is June 30, 2016.
The Foundation embarked on the Fellowship program in part to reach out to the next generation and inculcate them with Senator Jackson’s values. As we near the end of the year for this inaugural class, it is clear that those values – and the man behind them – remain relevant today.

Call for Participation: Seeking Researchers and Women’s Organizations for UN Study

 maxresdefaultThe Women’s Human Rights Institute (WHRI), co-founded by internationally renowned Costa Rican feminist jurist and activist Alda Facio, is undertaking a two-year research and advocacy project to promote participation in data gathering for the upcoming thematic report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (UNWGDAW) on “good practices” in addressing discrimination and promoting women’s self-empowerment.  The project will focus on identifying potential “good laws” and/or important case law that promote women’s substantive equality, and developing case studies that delve into the content of the laws, their impact and implementation mechanisms, as well as the complex set of factors and actors involved in their creation and implementation.

 We have a particular interest in looking at the participation of women’s organizations and civil society in the process of developing laws that promote women’s de facto equality.  The project seeks to involve women’s organizations, researchers and women’s human rights experts in identifying case studies and in contributing to a greater understanding of what constitutes a “good practice” in the context of promoting women’s enjoyment of their human rights. It also seeks to question and deepen the parameters for understanding how to define “good practices” in the context of women’s human rights implementation.

 The information on the website describes the roles and parameters of participation in this important global study.  The results of the study will be submitted to the UNWGDAW to contribute towards their official report on this theme to the Human Rights Council, and will also be disseminated through a range of methods once the study is completed. Individual researcher applicants must have a degree in a related field, research experience, and excellent English writing skills. All interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names and contact information of two professional references, and a writing sample in English, (all in a single Word or PDF document, please) to: by May 30, 2016.  Please indicate clearly which regional team you are looking to join, and whether you are applying to be a researcher or a research team coordinator.  The regions and teams are outlined in the parameters below.

 We are also seeking the involvement of women’s organizations with expertise in these areas to submit case studies based on your work.  If your organization would like to get involved in the study, please contact us at with the following information: name and profile of organization; region(s) of work; area of specialization; relevant existing studies to contribute to research project; and contact person for follow-up as soon as possible.

 See our website for terms of reference for participation:

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bhfdt7pcuaabqslOur AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to commit to providing legal assistance to underserved communities across the country. Veteran focused projects will be highly considered. Apply by June 3 to earn this $1,222 Segal Education Award! Please email and apply today! Spread the word by sharing this link on Facebook!